Past Exhibitions and Displays 2013

Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s

Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s

10 July 2013 - 16 February 2014.
Through more than 85 outfits, Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s showcased the bold and exciting new looks by the most experimental young designers of the decade.

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Pearls

Pearls

21 September 2013 - 19 January 2014
In this exhibition the V&A and the Qatar Museums Authority explored the history of pearls from the early Roman Empire through to present day.

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Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 - 1900

Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 - 1900

26 October 2013 – 19 January 2014
This exhibition brought together the finest examples of Chinese painting from the beginning of the 8th to the end of the 19th century from small-scale intimate works by monks and literati through to scroll paintings over 14 metres long, many of which had never before been seen in the UK.

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Music Hall: Sickert and the Three Graces

Music Hall: Sickert and the Three Graces

16 March 2013 – 5 January 2014
This display brought together Sickert’s paintings with objects and ephemera from the V&A’s collections to explore the culture of the music halls.

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'Tomorrow' - Elmgreen & Dragset at the V&A

SV&A Illustration Awards

1 October 2013 - 2 January 2014
The V&A commissioned leading contemporary artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset to create a major site-specific installation in the former Textile Galleries.

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V&A Illustration Awards 2013

SV&A Illustration Awards

4 June - 1 December 2013
The V&A Illustration Awards celebrated the best illustration published over the last year. Artwork from the best illustrated book, book cover, editorial illustration and student illustrator of the year were recognised.

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Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace

Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace

18 June - 20 October 2013
If you could keep only one memory, what would it be? Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace was a walk-in story that brought to life a new work of fiction by the author Hari Kunzru. This narrative world was visualised through a series of commissions by 20 internationally acclaimed illustrators, graphic designers and typographers.

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The Art of Seeing Nature: The Oil Sketches of John Constable

The Art of Seeing Nature: The Oil Sketches of John Constable

17 December 2012 – 22 September 2013
This display of 49 oil sketches traced the development of Constable's style from early studies of the 'Constable Country' of Suffolk and Essex to his atmospheric views of Hampstead, Brighton and Salisbury, rapidly painted in the open air, and closes with highly expressive late works.

Research on Paintings: Art History and Connoisseurship

Research on Paintings: Art History and Connoisseurship

17 December 2012 – 22 September 2013
The display presented the most notable discoveries of recent research on the V&A's collection of European paintings with a particular focus on 11 Italian, Netherlandish and French works painted between the early 15th and the early 19th centuries.

Beatrix Potter and the Beautiful Satin Waistcoat

Illustration for The Tailor of Gloucester, Beatrix Potter, 1903. Museum no. LB. 793, © F. Warne & Co.

19 March – 15 September 2013
When preparing illustrations for The Tailor of Gloucester (1903) Beatrix Potter sought inspiration for the Mayor's coat and embroidered waistcoat in 18th century costumes at her local museum, the V&A. Her sketches of the costumes are so accurate that it is possible to identify the original garments that inspired her, including a beautiful satin waistcoat, 'worked with poppies and corn-flowers'.

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David Bowie is

View of inside the exhibition

23 March – 11 August 2013
The V&A was given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie. David Bowie is featured more than 300 objects that include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs and Bowie's own instruments.

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

View of inside the exhibition

9 March - 14 July 2013
From Henry VIII and Elizabeth I to Ivan the Terrible and the early Romanovs, this exhibition told the story of diplomacy between the British Monarchy and the Russian Tsars through more than 150 magnificent objects. Included in the exhibition were royal portraits, costume, jewellery, armour and heraldry.

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Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life

Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life

15 February - 19 May 2013
This display provided an overview of the career of the American artist and designer Barbara Nessim, from the 1960s to the present day. The display included sketchbooks, prints, drawings, photographs, computer graphics, ceramics, artist’s books and other printed publications.

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Strawberry Thief Free iPad Game

Strawberry Thief by BAFTA award wining games designer Sophia George is a playful celebration of the work of Victorian designer William Morris. Uncover the famous Arts and Crafts design by drawing on your screen with your finger and watch your iPad transform from blank paper to an animated masterpiece.

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David Bowie is a Face in the Crowd Exhibition Bag||EVAEX||RHFPR

David Bowie is a Face in the Crowd Exhibition Bag||EVAEX||RHFPR

Exclusive tote bag commemorating the V&A exhibition, David Bowie is 23 March – 28 July 2013. Image adapted from 'Session photograph for…

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Event - Rapid Response Collecting

Fri 04 July 2014–Thu 15 January 2015

DISPLAY: Rapid Response Collecting is a new strand to the V&A's collecting activity. Objects are collected in response to major moments in history that touch the world of design and manufacturing. The display, which will constantly change, shows how design reflects and defines how we live together today.

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