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V&A to present Engineering Season including major exhibition on Ove Arup and installation by Achim Menges with Jan Knippers

The first major retrospective of the most influential engineer of the 20th century and a site specific installation inspired by nature and fabricated by robots will be the highlights of the V&A’s first ever Engineering Season, complemented by displays, events and digital initiatives dedicated to global engineering design.

Download: Press release (PDF file, 228 KB)


V&A to stage first retrospective of revolutionary engineer Ove Arup

Revealing the untold design stories behind some of the world’s most famous buildings, such as the Sydney Opera House and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, to recent projects such as Crossrail, the V&A will stage the first ever major retrospective on Ove Arup (1895-1988).

Download: Press release (PDF file, 175 KB)


World’s leading collection on the art of photography to be created at the V&A

An historic agreement between the Science Museum Group (SMG) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is set to create the world’s foremost collection on the art of photography.

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Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York

The V&A will this February celebrate the rich creative theatre talent in the West End of London and New York’s Broadway, two world class centres of theatrical excellence. Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York will explore the extraordinary range of craft and collaboration that goes into creating award-winning plays, musicals and productions.

Download: Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York (PDF file, 231 KB)


V&A’s Europe 1600-1815 galleries

The installation of nearly 1,100 objects has completed as the V&A opens its new suite of galleries dedicated to the arts of living in Europe between 1600 and 1815. Seven galleries transformed for the redisplay of the Museum’s unrivalled collection of 17th- and 18th-century European art and design will be open to the public from 9 December 2015.

Download: V&A’s Europe 1600-1815 galleries open (PDF file, 132 KB) 

Download: New acquisitions by gallery (PDF file, 658 KB)

Download: The Globe by Los Carpinteros (PDF file, 179 KB)

Download: Curator biographies (PDF file, 38 KB)

ZMMA gallery design statement (PDF file, 215 KB)


V&A Highlights 2016

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Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century
19 March – 3 July 2016

In March 2016, the V&A will present the first retrospective of the American artist Paul Strand (1890-1976) in the UK for over 30 years. Revered as one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, Strand defined the way fine art and documentary photography is understood and practiced today.

Download: Paul Strand Press Release (PDF file, 177 KB)


Response to Spending Review, 25 November 2015

Martin Roth, Director of the V&A said: “The Spending Review settlement represents a strong and welcome vote of confidence in the unique contribution our museums make to people’s everyday lives and the creative and tourism economy.

It is tremendous news that the Government have announced funding will be available for the V&A to transform access to its outstanding reserve collection with new state-of-the-art and world class facilities, as part of a £150 investment to support the V&A, the British Museum and Science Museum in moving their collections from Blythe House. This transformational move will build on the V&A’s mission to make its collections readily available to researchers, practitioners, students and the general public alike.”


Julia Margaret Cameron
28 November 2015 – 21 February 2016

To mark the bicentenary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), one of the most important and innovative photographers of the 19th century, the V&A will showcase more than 100 of her photographs from the Museum’s collection. The exhibition will offer a retrospective of Cameron’s work and examine her relationship with the V&A’s founding director, Sir Henry Cole, who in 1865 presented her first museum exhibition and the only one during her lifetime.

Download: Julia Margaret Cameron Press Release (PDF file, 101 KB)


Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection
This exhibition will present around 100 spectacular objects from or inspired by the jewellery traditions of the Indian subcontinent. Drawn from a single private collection, it will showcase magnificent precious stones of the kind collected by Mughal Emperors in the 17th century and exquisite objects used in royal ceremonies.

Download: Press Release - Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection (PDF File, 110 KB)


Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

Next year the V&A will tell the story of underwear design from the 18th century to the present day, considering the practical and personal, sensory and fashionable and exploring underwear’s roles of protecting and enhancing the body.

Download: Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear release (PDF file, 183 KB)

Fashion in Motion: Peter Pilotto

Luxury womenswear label Peter Pilotto will be the subject of the V&A’s next Fashion in Motion. Four free catwalk shows will take place on Friday 20 November, presenting highlights from the label’s collections.

Download: Fashion in Motion: Peter Pilotto release (PDF file, 176 KB)


Kalpataru: The Wishing Tree at the V&A

The V&A today unveils a festive light installation in the Grand Entrance of the Museum, created by Delhi-based designers Sarthak and Sahil as part of the V&A India Festival. Named after a wish-fulfilling divine tree in Hindu mythology, the installation celebrates the concepts and customs associated with the ancient Hindu festival of Diwali, or ‘the festival of lights’.

Download: Kalpataru: The Wishing Tree at the V&A (PDF file, 93 KB)


V&A opens refurbished Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art

Originally opened in December 1986, the Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art was the first major gallery of Japanese art in the UK. It was designed to showcase highlights of the V&A’s internationally important collection of Japanese art and design, which the Museum has built up since it was founded in 1852. The refurbished gallery showcases around 550 works in a newly curated series of displays, including over 30 more recent acquisitions.

Download: Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art (PDF file, 206 KB)

Download: Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art highlights (PDF file, 588 KB)


Subodh Gupta: When Soak Becomes Spill Part of the V&A India Festival

The V&A has unveiled When Soak Becomes Spill, a major new installation by leading Indian contemporary artist Subodh Gupta. The work, created especially for the V&A as part of the India Festival, features a stainless steel bucket standing six metres high and overflowing with hundreds of pots, pans, containers and cooking implements.

Download: When Soak Becomes Spill press release (PDF file, 91 KB)


Fashion in Motion: Ashish

Designer Ashish will be the subject of the V&A’s next Fashion in Motion. Four free catwalk shows will take place on Friday 23 October, presenting highlights from the label’s collections.

Download: Fashion in Motion: Ashish press release (PDF file, 232 KB)



British Airways Launches new V&A Channel
Thursday 1 October 2015

British Airways will be bringing the best of art and design to its customers with the launch of a new Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) channel to global flyers today.

Download: British Airways Launches new V&A Channel press release (PDF file, 55 KB)


The Fabric of India
3 October 2015 – 10 January 2016

The Fabric of India is the first exhibition to fully explore the incomparably rich world of handmade textiles from India. From the earliest known Indian textile fragments to contemporary fashion, the exhibition illustrates the technical mastery and creativity of Indian textiles and is the highlight of the V&A India Festival.

Download: The Fabric of India Press Release (PDF file, 202 KB)

Download: The Fabric of India Related Events (PDF file, 68 KB)


V&A India Festival

This autumn the Victoria and Albert Museum will present a series of exhibitions, displays, events and digital initiatives that will explore the rich and varied culture of South Asia, both past and present.

Download: V&A India Festival Press Release (PDF file, 91 KB)


V&A Appoints New Keeper of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass
15 September 2015

The V&A is pleased to announce that Antonia Boström, currently Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas, USA, will join the Museum in January 2016 as Keeper of the Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass Department.

Download: V&A Appoints New Keeper of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass Press Release (PDF file, 58 KB)


Botticelli Reimagined
5 March – 3 July 2016

For the first time, a major new exhibition at the V&A will explore the variety of ways artists and designers from the Pre-Raphaelites to the present have responded to the artistic legacy of Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510), assembling 150 works from around the world.

Download: Botticelli Reimagined Press Release (PDF file, 115 KB)

Download: Botticelli Reimagined Highlights (PDF file, 304 KB)

Download: Botticelli Reimagined Curator Biographies (PDF file, 52 KB)

Download: Botticelli Reimagined Conservation Release (PDF file, 113 KB)


V&A’s Europe 1600-1815 galleries to open December 2015

The V&A’s Europe 1600-1815 galleries will open to the public in December 2015, following the transformation of seven galleries for the redisplay of the Museum’s unrivalled collection of 17th- and 18th-century European art and design.

Download: V&A’s Europe 1600-1815 galleries to open December 2015 (PDF file, 114 KB)


V&A commission Havana-based artist collective Los Carpinteros for Europe 1600-1815 galleries installation

The V&A has commissioned the artist collective Los Carpinteros to create a contemporary installation for the Museum’s new Europe 1600-1815 galleries, opening to the public in December 2015.

Download: V&A commission Havana-based artist collective Los Carpinteros for Europe 1600-1815 galleries installation (PDF file, 192 KB)


V&A to open refurbished Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art

A Hello Kitty! rice cooker, toaster and kettle; a cloisonné enamel handbag imitating snakeskin; a selection of mobile phones designed by Naoto Fukasawa and a group of kimono from the 1920s-1930s are among recent acquisitions that will be shown in the V&A’s refurbished Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art, which will reopen at the beginning of November.

Download: V&A to open refurbished Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art (PDF file, 205 KB)


Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture

This summer the V&A will present Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture, a display of 80 prints and photographs drawn from the V&A’s collection that explores the variety of artists’ responses to the idea of portraiture over the last 20 years.

Download: Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture Press Release (PDF file, 190 KB)


Around-the-clock opening for final weekends of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

With one month to go and all pre-bookable tickets already sold out, the V&A today announces that to accommodate unprecedented demand, it will open Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty throughout the night for the final two weekends of its run. 12,000 further tickets have today been released offering those who have not yet been able to visit a last chance to do so.

Download: Around-the-clock opening Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Press Release (PDF file, 101 KB)


Unidentified Acts of Design
The V&A, London, will present Unidentified Acts of Design at the 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (2015 UABB) in Shenzhen, opening on 4 December 2015.

Download: Unidentified Acts of Design Press Release (PDF file, 58 KB)


Barnaby Barford: The Tower of Babel
8 September – 1 November 2015
A six metre high ceramic installation created for the V&A by artist Barnaby Barford will be displayed in the Museum’s Medieval & Renaissance Galleries from 8th September to 1st November 2015.

Download: The Tower of Babel Press Release (PDF file, 126 KB)


Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

The transformative power of extreme footwear will be explored in the V&A’s summer 2015 fashion exhibition, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. More than 200 pairs of historic and contemporary shoes from around the world will be on display, many for the first time. The exhibition will explore the agonizing aspect of wearing shoes as well as the euphoria and obsession they can inspire.

Download: Press Release - Shoes: Pleasure and Pain (PDF file, 99 KB)


Sterling Hundley announced as winner of the V&A Illustration Awards 2015
Sterling Hundley was tonight (18 May) named as the overall winner of the V&A Illustration Awards 2015 in a ceremony held at the Museum.

Download: Press Release - (PDF file, 75 KB)


Mexican Architect Commissioned to Create Installation in V&A Garden as highlight of the Year of Mexico in the UK
The V&A and London Design Festival, with support from the government of Mexico, have selected Mexican architect, Frida Escobedo to create an installation in the V&A’s John Madejski Garden this summer to mark the Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom.

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Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860
Captain Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902) was a pioneer of early photography who created an outstanding body of work depicting the landscape and architecture of India and Burma (now Myanmar) in the 1850s. This major presentation of Tripe’s photographs will include more than 60 of his most striking views taken between 1852 and 1860.

Download: Press Release - Captain Linnaeus Tripe (PDF file, 201 KB)


V&A’s David Bowie is exhibition receives its millionth visitor
Since opening at the V&A in London in 2013, the David Bowie is exhibition has toured to five international cities and has now been seen by over 1 million visitors worldwide.

Download: Press Release - V&A’s David Bowie is exhibition receives its millionth visitor (PDF file, 67 KB)


V&A Appoints New Director of Design, Exhibitions & FuturePlan
The V&A is pleased to announce that David Bickle will join the Museum in August 2015 as Director of Design, Exhibitions and FuturePlan.

Download: Press Release - V&A Appoints New Director of Design, Exhibitions & FuturePlan (PDF file, 48 KB)


Shortlist announced for V&A Illustration Awards 2015
The V&A has announced a shortlist of 14 candidates for its annual Illustration Awards.

Download: Press Release - V&A Illustration Awards 2015 (PDF file, 132 KB)


What is Luxury?
What is Luxury? will present exceptional examples of contemporary design and craftsmanship alongside conceptual projects which interrogate fundamental ideas of luxury, its production and future. From
a diamond made from roadkill to a vending machine stocked with DNA, a golden crown for ecclesiastical use to traditional military tailoring, over 100 objects will address how luxury is made and understood in a physical, conceptual and cultural capacity.

Download: Press Release - What is Luxury? (PDF file, 102 KB)


Fashion in Motion: Grace Wales Bonner

Menswear designer and recent Central Saint Martins graduate Grace Wales Bonner will be the subject of the V&A’s next Fashion in Motion. On 10 April four free presentations will show highlights of Wales Bonner’s collections to date, which take inspiration from black visual culture and mix couture techniques with African craft.

Download: Press Release - Fashion in Motion: Grace Wales Bonner (PDF File, 194 KB)


Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

This spring the V&A presents the only major retrospective in Europe of the work of the visionary fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen. One of the most innovative designers of his generation, McQueen was celebrated for his extraordinary creative talent.

Download: Press Release - Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (PDF File, 113 KB)

Download: Press Release - Exhibition Outline (PDF File, 83 KB)

Download: Press Release - Timeline (PDF File, 142 KB)

Download: Press Release - Related Events (PDF File, 78 KB)

Download: Press Release - Curator Biography – Claire Wilcox (PDF File, 58 KB)


V&A Acquires Behind-the-Scenes Photographs by Ann Ray of Lee Alexander McQueen at work
As the V&A prepares to open its major exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, the V&A has acquired 13 photographs by Ann Ray (also known as Anne Deniau) from an extraordinary body of work described by Lee Alexander McQueen as ‘my life in pictures’.

Download: Press Release - V&A Acquires Behind-the-Scenes Photographs by Ann Ray of Lee Alexander McQueen at work (PDF File, 98 KB)


All of This Belongs to You
This spring, with the UK engaged in the democratic process of an election, the V&A
presents All of This Belongs to You, a free exhibition about the museum as a public space
and the role of public institutions in contemporary life.

Download: Press Release - All of This Belongs to You (PDF File, 95 KB)


Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s
This spring the V&A presents a display of over 50 recently acquired photographs exploring the experiences of black people in Britain in the latter half of the 20th century, enhanced by excerpts from oral histories gathered by Black Cultural Archives.

Download: Press Release - Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s (PDF File, 110 KB)

The Wolsey Angels Saved for the Nation
The V&A has now successfully raised the money to acquire four highly important bronze angels originally designed for the tomb of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, chief advisor to King Henry VIII and once one of the most powerful men in England.

Download: Press Release - The Wolsey Angels Saved for the Nation (PDF File, 59 KB) 


Extra tickets released for Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
More than 50,000 additional tickets have today been released for the V&A’s spring headline exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. The exhibition has been extended for two weeks, now closing 2 August 2015, with additional early morning and evening slots made available to provide as many opportunities as possible for visitors to see the exhibition.

Download: Press Release - Extra tickets released for Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (PDF File, 83 KB)


Ole Bouman appointed as Director of Shekou Design Museum

China Merchants Group (CMG) has appointed Ole Bouman as Director of the Shekou Design Museum in Shenzhen, a project being developed in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) to become a major design hub for China.

Download: Press Release - Ole Bouman appointed as Director of Shekou Design Museum (PDF File, 156 KB)


Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Savage Beauty will be presented in ten sections which will showcase the dominant themes and concepts within McQueen’s extraordinary body of work.

Download: Press Release - Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (PDF File, 112 KB)


Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s-1990s

This spring the V&A will present a display of over 50 recently acquired photographs that explore the experiences of black people in Britain in the latter half of the 20th century, enhanced by excerpts from oral histories gathered by Black Cultural Archives.

Download: Press Release - Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s-1990s (PDF File, 107.5KB)


V&A’s 2014 Christmas Tree by Gareth Pugh
British fashion designer Gareth Pugh has been commissioned to create a Christmas installation for the Grand Entrance of the V&A.

Download: Press Release - V&A’s 2014 Christmas Tree by Gareth Pugh (PDF file, 50 KB)

The Weston Cast Court V&A opens newly refurbished Italian Cast Court

On Saturday 29 November 2014, the V&A will open the newly refurbished Italian Cast Court as the first phase in the renovation of the Museum’s vast, day-lit courts is completed. First opened in 1873, the Cast Courts
were purpose built to house one of the most comprehensive collections of casts of post-classical European sculpture. 24 metres in height, the two galleries house some of the V&A’s largest objects and are among the most popular in the Museum.

Download: The Weston Cast Court V&A opens newly refurbished Italian Cast Court (PDF file, 74 KB)


V&A’s Exhibition Road project secures 80% of funding target as new display opens to public

The V&A has secured more than 80% of the funds required for its Exhibition Road building project. The Museum’s largest architectural intervention of the last 100 years, the scheme will create a magnificent new courtyard, entrance and purpose-built underground gallery for the V&A’s internationally renowned exhibitions and is due to open to the public in 2017.

Download: V&A’s Exhibition Road project secures 80% of funding target (PDF file, 65 KB)


British fashion duo Agi & Sam design new Membership Pack for the V&A

Innovative menswear designers Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton have created a new print exclusively for the V&A inspired by an Indian textile in the Museum’s collection. Renowned for their fresh approach to print in fashion, the distinctive design by this year’s GQ Breakthrough Fashion Designers Award winners features on the Museum’s new membership cards and packs.

Download: Agi & Sam design new Membership Pack for the V&A (PDF file, 130 KB)


Fashion in Motion: Sibling

Knitwear collective Sibling will be the subject of the V&A’s next Fashion in Motion. Four free catwalk shows will take place on Friday 21 November, presenting highlights from the label’s menswear collections.

Download: Fashion in Motion: Sibling (PDF file, 152 KB)


Architects as Artists

From the Renaissance to the current day, architects have made drawings for study and pleasure, to represent their projects, document their travels and supplement their income. Architects as Artists will examine the relationship between architecture and art. From work by Raphael to a project by contemporary Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, it will present examples of the many ways in which architects use and create art.

Download: Architects as Artists (PDF file, 138 KB)


V&A Game Designer launches William Morris game for iPad

The V&A’s first ever Game Designer in Residence, Sophia George, will today launch a brand new iPad game inspired by the work of William Morris. The new game takes its title, Strawberry Thief, from a William Morris furnishing fabric on display in the V&A’s Britain 1500-1900 galleries. The game enables the user to sketch and colour the famous pattern by flying a bird – the strawberry thief itself – across their iPad screen.

Download: V&A Game Designer launches William Morris game for iPad (PDF file, 87 KB)


Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

This spring the V&A will present the only major retrospective in Europe of the work of the visionary fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen. One of the most innovative designers of his generation, McQueen was celebrated for his extraordinary creative talent. He combined a profound grasp of tailoring and eclectic range of influences with a relentless pursuit to challenge the boundaries of art and fashion, blending the latest technology with traditional craftsmanship. Originated by the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Savage Beauty will be edited and expanded for the V&A’s large exhibition galleries. It will feature 30 additional garments,

Download: Press Release - Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty (PDF file, 112 KB)

Download: Alexander McQueen Timeline (PDF file, 101.4 KB)


The V&A and Art Fund Launch Photographs Curators’ Training Programme

The V&A has launched a two-year pilot programme, with support from the Art Fund, to work in partnership with Nottingham City Museums and Galleries and Museums Sheffield to train and develop two individuals with the skills to become curators of art photography.

Download: V&A and Art Fund Launch Photographs Curators’ Training Programme (PDF file, 165 KB)


V&A Announces New Contemporary Acquisitions

The Design Fund has this year enabled the V&A to acquire five contemporary design projects
ranging from domestic vessels which appear to defy gravity to a chair exactly representing its initial sketch.

Download: V&A Announces New Contemporary Acquisitions (PDF file, 429 KB)


V&A Exhibition Opening Party Horst: Photographer of Style

Reputable image and style makers from across London displayed their admiration for master photographer Horst P.Horst by attending the definitive retrospective exhibition of his work - Horst: Photographer of Style.

Download: V&A Exhibition Opening Party Horst: Photographer of Style (PDF file, 57 KB)


Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War, Revolution and Design, 1913 - 1933

This autumn a new display will present more than 150 radical designs for theatrical productions by celebrated figures of the Russian avant-garde.

Download: The Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War, Revolution and Design, 1913 - 1933 press (PDF file, 117 KB)


The V&A launches fundraising campaign to acquire four bronze angels, commissioned for the tomb of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey

The V&A is seeking to acquire four bronze angels originally designed for the tomb of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, chief advisor to King Henry VIII and once one of the most powerful men in England.

Download: The V&A launches fundraising campaign to acquire four bronze angels (PDF file, 75 KB)


V&A and China Merchants Group announce pioneering collaboration to create the first major museum of design in China

The China Merchants Group (CMG) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) signed a collaboration agreement to support CMG's ambitious plan to develop the first major museum of design in China.

Download: V&A and China Merchants Group announce pioneering collaboration (PDF file, 142 KB)


Glastonbury Festival Archive

The V&A is delighted to announce a collaboration with Glastonbury Festival to create an archive reflecting more than 40 years of diverse and creative performance.

Download: V&A acquires the Glastonbury Festival Archive (PDF file, 61KB)


Small Stories: At home in a dolls’ house

The V&A Museum of Childhood’s major 2014-15 exhibition Small Stories: At home in a dolls’
house will reveal the fascinating stories behind some of the UK’s best-loved dolls’ houses. Through the stories of 12 dolls’ houses from the past 300 years, visitors will be taken on a journey through the history of the home, everyday lives and changing family relationships.

Download: Small Stories: At home in a dolls’ house Press Release (PDF file, 323KB)


The Weston Cast Court

The V&A will open the newly refurbished Italian Cast Court this November as the first phase in the renovation of the Museum’s vast, day-lit courts. First opened in 1873, the Cast Courts were purpose built to house one of the most comprehensive collections of casts of post-classical European sculpture. Featuring some of the V&A’s largest objects, the two galleries are among the most popular in the Museum.

Download: The Weston Cast Court Press Release (PDF file, 810KB)


Rapid Response Collecting

An IKEA soft toy, a pair of Primark jeans, a 3D-printed gun and a piece of lift cable are just a few of the objects that will go on display in a new gallery at the V&A this summer. The objects have been recently acquired as part of the Museum’s new approach to collecting contemporary design and architecture, known as ‘Rapid Response Collecting’.

Download: Rapid Response Collecting Press Release (PDF file, 3.9MB)


Shortlist announced for V&A Illustration Awards 2014

The V&A has announced a shortlist of 14 candidates for its annual Illustration Awards. The Awards are given to the best illustrated book, book cover, editorial illustration and student illustrator.

Download: Shortlist announced for V&A Illustration Awards 2014 (PDF file, 121KB)


Horst: Photographer of Style
This autumn, the V&A will present the definitive retrospective exhibition of the work of master photographer Horst P. Horst (1906-1999) – one of the leading photographers of the 20th century. In his illustrious 60-year career, German-born Horst worked predominantly in Paris and New York and creatively traversed the worlds of photography, art, fashion, design, theatre and high society.

Download: Horst: Photographer of Style (PDF file, 68KB)


Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty comes to London

The V&A is delighted to announce that it will present Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in London in spring 2015. The first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe, the exhibition will showcase McQueen’s visionary body of work. Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection, McQueen’s designs will be presented with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.

Download: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty comes to London (PDF file, 465KB)


V&A launches ‘Cakespeare’ competition to mark the 450th anniversary of the bard’s birthday

To mark the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth on 23 April 2014 and launch the V&A’s Shakespeare Festival, the Museum is inviting the public to take part in a special Shakespeare themed cake competition.

Download: 'Cakespeare' press release (PDF file, 68KB)


Constable: The Making of a Master

The V&A's major autumn exhibition will re-examine the work of John Constable (1776-1837), Britain’s best-loved artist. It will explore his sources, techniques and legacy and reveal the hidden stories behind the creation of some of his most well-known paintings. 

Download: Constable: The Making of a Master (PDF file, 58 KB)


Disobedient Objects

The V&A will this summer present the first exhibition to explore objects of art and design from around the world that have been created by grassroots social movements as tools of social change. From Chilean folk art textiles that document political violence to a graffiti-writing robot, defaced currency to giant inflatable cobblestones thrown at demonstrations in Barcelona, to a political video game about the making of mobile phones, Disobedient Objects will demonstrate how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity.

Download: Disobedient Objects (PDF file, 438.4 KB)


Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright

In celebration of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth on 23 April  2014,this display will explore Shakespeare’s works as inspiration for a multitude of theatrical interpretations through the centuries and across the globe.

Download: Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright (PDF file, 50 KB)


V&A FuturePlan update 2014

Over the last 13 years the V&A has completed more than 50 building projects and transformed around 40,000 square metres of the Museum. 

Download: V&A FuturePlan update 2014 (PDF file, 139 KB)


18th-century table fountain to be displayed for first time in 150 years following ambitious conservation project

A huge 18th-century table fountain is to go on public display for the first time in 150 years when the V&A’s new Europe 1600-1800 galleries open in late 2014.

Download: 18th-century table fountain to be displayed for first time in 150 years following ambitious conservation project (PDF file, 61 KB)


V&A to publish complete list of ‘Entartete Kunst’ online

The V&A holds the only known copy of a complete list of ‘Entartete Kunst’ (‘Degenerate Art’) confiscated by the Nazi regime from public institutions in Germany, mostly during 1937 and 38. The typescript inventory of ‘Entartete Kunst’ was apparently compiled in 1941-2 and provides information on the provenance and fate of each work.

Download: V&A to publish complete list of ‘Entartete Kunst’ online


V&A experts discover new John Constable oil sketch

V&A experts have discovered a previously unrecorded oil sketch by John Constable in the Museum’s permanent collection, concealed beneath a lining canvas on the reverse of Branch Hill Pond: Hampstead. The newly discovered work will now go on public display in the Paintings Galleries.

Download: V&A experts discover new John Constable oil sketch


V&A Announces Dice Kayek As Winner Of Jameel Prize 3

Dice Kayek has won the £25,000 Jameel Prize 3 for Istanbul Contrast (2010), a collection of garments that evoke Istanbul’s architectural and artistic heritage. Dice Kayek is a Turkish fashion label established in 1992 by sisters Ece and Ayse Ege.

Download: V&A Announces Dice Kayek As Winner Of Jameel Prize 3


Wedding Dresses 1775-2014

The V&A’s spring 2014 exhibition will trace the development of the fashionable white wedding dress
and its interpretation by leading couturiers and designers, offering a panorama of fashion over the last two centuries.

Download: Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 (PDF file, 650 KB)


V&A’s 2013 Christmas Tree by Helen and Colin David

To celebrate the festive period, the V&A has commissioned artists Helen and Colin David to create a Christmas Tree for the Grand Entrance of the Museum.

Download: V&A’s 2013 Christmas Tree by Helen and Colin David (PDF file, 479 KB)


Fashion in Motion: Meadham Kirchhoff

Celebrated design duo Meadham Kirchhoff will be the subject of the V&A’s next Fashion in Motion. Four free catwalk shows will take place on 6 December, presenting highlights of the label’s womenswear collections to date.

Download: Fashion in Motion: Meadham Kirchhoff (PDF file, 170 KB)


The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014

The V&A's spring exhibition, The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014, will be the first major show to examine Italy’s rich and influential contribution to fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present. It will draw out the defining factors unique to the Italian fashion industry – the use of luxurious materials; expert textile production; specialist, regional manufacturing; and its strength as a source of both dynamic menswear and glamorous womenswear.

Download: The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 (PDF file, 726 KB)

Download: The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014: Exhibition Highlights (PDF file, 1.5 MB)


Fashion in Motion: Kansai Yamamoto

Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto will be the subject of the V&A’s next Fashion in Motion. Four free catwalk shows will take place on 1 November, presenting archive and specially made pieces spanning Yamamoto’s four decade career.

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V&A acquires the original Joey puppet from the National Theatre’s West End stage production of War Horse

The V&A is delighted to announce that Handspring Puppet Company have donated Joey, the original West End horse puppet from the National Theatre’s award-winning stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel War Horse.

Download: V&A acquires the original Joey puppet from the National Theatre’s West End stage production of War Horse (PDF file, 95.6KB)


Travelling to the Wonderland

From 2 November, celebrated Chinese artist Xu Bing will transform the V&A’s John Madejski Garden into an ethereal Arcadia inspired by the classic Chinese fable Tao Hua Yuan (The Peach Blossom Spring). The V&A invited Xu Bing to create a major new work to coincide with the Museum’s forthcoming exhibition, Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 – 1900 which brings together the finest examples of Chinese painting to present an overview of one of the world’s greatest artistic traditions.

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William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

A new collaboration between the V&A and the Bard Graduate Center will examine the life and
work of William Kent (1685-1748), one of the leading architects and designers of early Georgian Britain. The exhibition will celebrate Kent’s oeuvre over three decades (1719-48) when Britain defined itself as a new nation with the accession of a new Hanoverian Royal Family.

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The Design Fund to Benefit the V&A Announces New Contemporary Acquisitions

The Design Fund to Benefit the V&A has this year enabled the Museum to acquire five
contemporary design projects ranging from a series of vessels made of natural polymers to a 3D printed gun. They will all go on display at the V&A for the first time during London Design.

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V&A acquires the archive of Vivien Leigh

The V&A is delighted to announce that it has acquired the archive of the British film and theatre actress Vivien Leigh (1913 - 1967) in the centenary year of her birth. The archive comprises many never-before-seen records including letters, personal diaries and photographs, visitor books, Leigh’s annotated film and theatre scripts, press clippings and her numerous awards.

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Last chance to see David Bowie is

Around 300,000 people have already seen the V&A’s David Bowie is exhibition as it enters its closing week. The V&A has been running regular late night openings to cope with demand and the exhibition has been open until 22.00 every night for the final two weeks. Tickets are still available for purchase every day at the Museum.

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V&A’s Exhibition Road Project Awarded Heritage Lottery Fund Grant

Tuesday 30 July 2013
The V&A is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a first-round pass for an Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £4,999,000 towards the Museum’s £42 million Exhibition Road Project.

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V&A Launches Series of Free Podcasts

The V&A has launched a series of podcasts revealing the work that goes on behind the scenes of the world’s leading art and design museum. Topics range from the challenges of curating exhibitions about performance, to ways of preventing art theft.

Download: V&A Launches Series of Free Podcasts (PDF file, 34 KB)


V&A Announces David Bowie is happening now, a Live Cinema Event

Tuesday 13 August
On Tuesday 13 August audiences across the country will be able to join the Museum for a live cinema event screened from David Bowie is as the finale to the enormously successful exhibition.

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The Clothworkers’ Centre for Textiles and Fashion Study and Conservation

Opens 8 October 2013
The V&A is creating a new centre for the study, enjoyment and care of its outstanding textiles and fashion collections. Housing over 104,000 objects, the Clothworkers’ Centre will offer the best possible access to the V&A collections for the many researchers, students and enthusiasts who use them every year.

Download: The Clothworkers' Centre for Textiles and Fashion Study and Conservation (PDF file, 54.65 KB)


Georg Baselitz installation at the V&A

15 June – 8 September 2013
Lent by the artist and supported by White Cube
This summer a monumental three-figure sculpture by Georg Baselitz, one of Germany’s most celebrated living artists, will be installed in the John Madejski Garden.

Download: Georg Baselitz installation at the V&A (PDF file, 41 KB)


George Butler announced as winner of the V&A Illustration Awards 2013

George Butler was last night (3 June) revealed as the overall winner of the V&A Illustration Awards 2013 in a ceremony held at the Museum. The annual V&A Illustration Awards celebrate the best illustration published over the last year.

Download: George Butler announced as winner of the V&A Illustration Awards 2013 (PDF file, 53 KB)


Fashion in Motion: Jenny Packham

Friday 19 July, 13.00, 15.00, 17.00, 20.00
The V&A’s next Fashion in Motion will celebrate the 25th anniversary of designer Jenny Packham. On 19th July the Museum will host a series of four free catwalk shows in its Raphael Gallery, presenting highlights of Packham’s collections to date.

Download: Fashion in Motion: Jenny Packham (PDF file, 470.7 KB)


Tomorrow – Elmgreen & Dragset at the V&A

1 October 2013 - 2 January 2014
The V&A has commissioned a major site-specific installation over five galleries by leading contemporary artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset. Opening in October 2013, Tomorrow will transform the V&A’s former textile galleries into an apartment belonging to a fictional, elderly and disillusioned architect.

Download: Tomorrow – Elmgreen & Dragset at the V&A (PDF file, 66 KB)


Pearls

21 September 2013 - 19 January 2014
Organised in partnership with the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), the exhibition will explore the history of pearls from the early Roman Empire to the present, and will be the highlight event of the Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture.

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Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 - 1900

26 October 2013 - 19 January 2014
The V&A's autumn exhibition, Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700-1900, will be the most ambitious survey of one of the world's greatest artistic traditions. It will gather together the finest examples of Chinese painting created over a 1200 year period and will show more than 70 works including some of the earliest surviving Chinese paintings as well as other exceptionally rare works loaned from the greatest international collections.

Download: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 - 1900 (PDF file, 104.2 KB)


The Splendours of India’s Royal Courts

Palace Museum, Beijing, 25 April - 31 July 2013
The Splendours of India’s Royal Courts will be the first exhibition to be held in China to explore the magnificence of Indian court culture. Over 110 works from the V&A’s superlative collections will reveal the splendour of India’s emperors and kings during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Download: The Splendours of India’s Royal Courts (PDF file, 53.3 KB)


Jameel Prize 3 shortlist announced

On 14 March the V&A announced the shortlist for the Jameel Prize 3

Download: Jameel Prize 3 shortlist announced (PDF file, 82 KB)


Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s

The V&A’s fashion exhibition for summer 2013, Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s, will explore the creative explosion of London fashion in the 1980s.

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David Bowie is

The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie - one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times.

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New Display: Music Hall: Sickert and the Three Graces

16 March 2013 - 5 January 2014
This immersive installation created by an award-winning creative team of theatre makers, video artists and designers will explore the rise and fall of Music Hall, a lost genre of popular entertainment.

Download:  Music Hall: Sickert and the Three Graces (PDF file, 51.1 KB)


Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars

A new V&A exhibition will examine the development of cultural diplomacy and trade between Britain and Russia from its origins in 1555 when the Muscovy Company was founded.

Download: Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars (PDF file, 191.9 KB)


Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace

This summer, the V&A will be staging a multi-dimensional exhibition experience. Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace will present an original work of fiction by author Hari Kunzru, transformed into a walk-in story by leading graphic designers, typographers and illustrators including Le Gun, Oded Ezer, Erik Kessels and Luke Pearson.

Download: Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace (PDF file, 105 KB)


V&A Searches for Designer Jackets for 1980s Fashion Exhibition

In 1986, Blitz magazine commissioned a group of 22 British designers to customise denim jackets provided by Levi Strauss & Co. The V&A now has nine of these jackets in its collection. The Museum is keen to reunite the complete set of jackets for its new summer 2013 exhibition Club to Catwalk: London fashion in the 1980s.

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Barbara Nessim Gives Archive to V&A

Internationally renowned artist and illustrator, Barbara Nessim has donated many of her most significant artworks to the V&A.

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Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite (Ltd. Edition Letterpress Print)

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In the late 18th century, women's hair styles went crazy! Create and share your own hair-raising design.

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Event - Paradise and Plenty: A Rothschild Family Garden

Wed 24 February 2016 15:30–16:30

The productive garden at Lord Rothschild's private house, Eythrope in Buckinghamshire, is legendary for the excellence of the gardening, and as a haven for traditional techniques that might otherwise be lost.

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