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Press releases 2012

2013 Exhibitions at the V&A

V&A exhibition highlights in 2013 include David Bowie is; Treasures of the Royal Court: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars; Pearls; From Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 80's and many more....

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V&A Africa - Exploring Hidden Histories

This display of around 100 objects from the V&A’s collections looks at the V&A’s engagement with and changing view of art and design from Africa since the earliest days of the Museum in the 1850s to the present.

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BFI's Film Costume Archive to Transfer to the V&A

The British Film Institute and the V&A announce that the BFI's collection of over 500 film costumes is to be transferred to the V&A.

Download: BFI's Film Costume Archive to Transfer to the V&A (PDF file, 97.3 KB)


The V&A Opens a New Permanent Gallery for Furniture

The V&A will open its new Dr Susan Weber Gallery in December, providing a permanent home for the Museum’s internationally renowned furniture collection.

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V&A to Display Unforgettable White Travolta Suit this Autumn in Hollywood Costume

The iconic white 3-piece suit worn by John Travolta as Tony Manero on the disco dance floor in the classic 1977 film Saturday Night Fever, has now been confirmed to go on display as part of Hollywood Costume, the V&A’s major autumn exhibition.

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Halfway to Paradise: The Birth of British Rock - Photographs by Harry Hammond

Halfway to Paradise will explore the exceptional work of Harry Hammond, the music photographer who documented the emergence of Rock ‘n’ Roll music in post-war Britain.

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V&A Announces Planning Permission and Major Pledge for Exhibition Road Project

Today the V&A announces that the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) has granted it planning permission for its Exhibition Road project, for which £25M has now been pledged out of a total project budget of £41M.

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Light from the Middle East: New Photography

Light from the Middle East: New Photography is the first major museum exhibition of contemporary photography from and about the Middle East.

Download: Light from the Middle East: New Photography (PDF file, 59.3 KB)


V&A Illustration Awards 2012

The V&A has recently revealed the fourteen artists shortlisted for its annual Illustration Awards.

Download: Shortlist for V&A Illustration Awards 2012 (PDF file, 25.6 KB)


Frequently Asked Questions about the V&A

A collection of interesting facts about the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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V&A's Great Bed of Ware on loan for the first time to Ware Museum

One of the V&A’s greatest treasures, The Great Bed of Ware, will be on loan to the Ware Museum for a year from 6 April 2012.

Download: V&A's Great Bed of Ware on loan to Ware Museum (PDF file, 205 KB)


V&A Acquires Rare Marble Sculpture

The V&A has acquired 'The Crouching Venus', an exceptional marble sculpture by John Nost the Elder, signed and dates 1702, following a temporary export bar placed on it in November 2011.

Download: V&A Acquires Rare Marble Sculpture (PDF file, 43 KB)


Hollywood Costume

The V&A's autumn exhibition, 'Hollywood Costume', explores the central role costume design plays in cinema storytelling and brings together over 100 of the most iconic movie costumes from across a century of film-making.

Download: Hollywood Costume (PDF file, 81.4 KB)


Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary

This spring the V&A presents the first major solo exhibition exploring the work of one of the most inventive and experimental design studios practising in Britain today.

Download: Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary (PDF file, 82 KB)


British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age

The V&A’s major spring exhibition will showcase the best of British design and creative talent from the 1948 ‘Austerity Olympics’ to the summer of 2012.

Download: British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age (PDF file, 91.4 KB)


Press releases 2011

Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950

A spectacular exhibition of more than 60 ballgowns from 1950 to the present day will go on display at the V&A next May.

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V&A Highlights for 2012

V&A exhibition highlights in 2012 include British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age; Golden Spider Silk; Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration; Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 and many more...

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V&A Acquires Important Marble Relief

The V&A has acquired a rare and significant sculptural relief by John Deare (1759-98).

Download: V&A Acquires Important Marble Relief (PDF file, 43 KB)


Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970–1990

The V&A’s major autumn exhibition is the first in-depth survey of art, design and architecture of the 1970s and 1980s, examining one of the most contentious phenomena in recent art and design history: Postmodernism.

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V&A Announces Rachid Koraïchi as Winner of the Jameel Prize 2011

Algerian born Rachid Koraïchi has won the £25,000 Jameel Prize for a selection of embroidered cloth banners from a series entitled Les Maitres Invisibles (The Invisible Masters), 2008.

Download: V&A Announces Rachid Koraïchi as Winner of the Jameel Prize (PDF file, 90 KB)


BBC and V&A Announce Major New Year-Long Partnership

The BBC and V&A today announce Handmade in Britain, a year-long season of programming that will be the most wide-ranging and ambitious exploration of decorative arts ever to be undertaken on British Television.

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V&A Appoints Architects to Design New European Galleries

The V&A has appointed ZMMA to design its new Europe 1600-1800 Galleries.

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Golden Spider Silk Display

The only large textiles in the world to have been created from the silk of spiders will go on display at the V&A in January 2012.

Download: Golden Spider Silk Display (PDF file, 60 KB)


Power of Making

This autumn, the V&A and Crafts Council will celebrate the role of making in our lives by presenting an eclectic selection of over 100 exquisitely crafted objects, ranging from a life-size crochet bear to a ceramic eye patch, a fine metal flute to dry stone walling.

Download: Power of Making (PDF file, 444 KB)


New Photographs Gallery

A permanent new gallery to show highlights from the V&A’s internationally renowned collection of photographs will open this autumn, considerably extending the space dedicated to photographs at the Museum.

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Bonita Trust Support V&As Work in India

The Bonita Trust donated £150,000 to support the V&A’s work in India over the next two years.

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Swarm Study/III by Random International

The V&A unveils SWARM STUDY/III, a new interactive light installation by Random International.

Download: Swarm Study/III by Random International (PDF file, 47.6 KB)


Japanese Enamels: The Seven Treasures

This display of over one hundred and twenty objects ranges from elegant inlaid metalwork of the late 17th century through the Golden Age and into the 20th century.

Download: Japanese Enamels: The Seven Treasures (PDF file, 182 KB)


Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration

To celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the V&A is holding an exhibition of portraits of Her Majesty by photographer Cecil Beaton (1904-1980).

Download: Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration (PDF file, 913 KB)


Shortlist Announced for V&A Illustration Awards 2011

The V&A has today announced a shortlist of 18 candidates for its annual Illustration Awards.

Download: Shortlist Announced for V&A Illustration Awards 2011 (PDF file, 98 KB)


Private Eye: The First 50 Years

The V&A will hold an exhibition celebrating 50 years of Private Eye. Since it was founded in October 1961, the magazine has distinguished itself from other titles with its unique combination of humorous cartoons and satire with hard-hitting journalism.

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V&A Appoints New Director

On 21 April 2011 the V&A announces that the Prime Minister and V&A Board of Trustees have appointed Professor Martin Roth as the new Director of the V&A.

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V&A Announces Architects to Lead Exhibition Road Project

On 28 March 2011 the V&A announces that Amanda Levete Architects (AL_A) have won the international design competition for the Museum’s Exhibition Road development.

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V&A Announces the Shortlist for the Jameel Prize 2011

On 17 March 2011 the V&A announces the shortlist for the Jameel Prize 2011 at Art Dubai. Ten artists and designers have been shortlisted for this year's prize, which is awarded every two years.

Download: V&A Announces the Shortlist for the Jameel Prize 2011 (PDF file, 70 KB)


V&A Unveils Exhibition Road Project Designs

On 2 March 2011 the V&A unveils the design proposals by the seven architectural teams shortlisted for the V&A's Exhibition Road Project with a display of the models in the Sackler Centre.

Download: V&A Unveils Exhibition Road Project Designs (PDF file, 520 KB)


Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography

The first UK exhibition of contemporary South African photography from the last ten years will be shown at the V&A this spring.

Download: Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography (PDF file, 44 KB)


The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900

This spring, the V&A will present the most comprehensive exhibition ever staged on the Aesthetic Movement in Britain.

Download: The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900 (PDF file, 75 KB)


Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres have been designed by some of the world’s most high profile architects including Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, Richard Rogers and Zaha Hadid to provide welcoming and uplifting spaces and support for those affected by cancer.

Download: Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres (PDF file, 128 KB)


Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary

The V&A presents the first major solo exhibition exploring the work of one of the most inventive and experimental design studios practising in Britain today.

Download: Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary (PDF file, 87.2KB)


V&A Christmas Tree by Studio Roso

To celebrate the festive period, the V&A has commissioned design duo Studio Roso to create a Christmas tree for the Grand Entrance of the Museum.

Download: V&A Christmas Tree by Studio Roso (PDF file 50.5 KB)


Press releases 2010

Yohji Yamamoto

Next spring the V&A will open the first UK solo exhibition celebrating the life and work of Yohji Yamamoto, one of the world's most influential and enigmatic fashion designers.

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Imperial Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City

The magnificent robes worn by the emperors and empresses of the Qing Dynasty, the last ruling dynasty of China, will be shown for the first time in Europe, at the V&A.

Download:Imperial Chinese Robes (PDF file, 701 KB)


Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography

This autumn, the V&A will present the first UK museum exhibition of work by contemporary camera-less photographers: Pierre Cordier (Belgium), Susan Derges (UK), Adam Fuss (UK/ USA), Garry Fabian Miller (UK) and Floris Neusüss (Germany).

Download: Shadow Catchers (PDF file, 344 KB)


Raphael: Cartoons and Tapestries from the Sistine Chapel

The V&A announces that four of the ten tapestries designed by Raphael for the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City will go on show in September 2010.

Download:Raphael (PDF file, 44 KB)


Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballet Russes

The V&A’s major autumn exhibition, Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909–1929will explore the world of the influential artistic director Serge Diaghilev and the most exciting dance company of the 20th century.

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Grace Kelly : Style Icon

The spectacular wardrobe of Grace Kelly, one of the most popular actresses of the 1950s, is on display at the V&A this spring.

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Press releases 2009

Medieval & Renaissance Galleries

The V&A’s new £31.75million Medieval & Renaissance Galleries open on 2 December 2009.

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V&A Puts Detail of One Million Objects on Website

The V&A has announced that visitors to its website can now find online over one million records detailing objects in its collections ranging from well known treasures such as Tippoo’s Tiger to less familiar paintings and ceramics.

Download: V&A Puts Details of One Million Objects on Website (PDF file, 149 KB)


Ceramics Galleries

For the first time in a century the V&A is redisplaying its ceramics collection, the greatest and most comprehensive in the world.

Download: Ceramics Galleries (PDF file, 38 KB)


The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries will open at the V&A on 30 June with highlights from the Gilbert Collection, one of the most important collections ever given to Britain.

Download: The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries (PDF file, 732 KB)


Theatre and Performance Galleries

The V&A's Theatre and Performance Galleries will open in March 2009 exploring all performance types from theatre and ballet to pantomime and rock music.

Download: Theatre and Performance Galleries (PDF file, 36 KB)


The Jameel Prize

The V&A today announces a new £25,000 international art prize for contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic traditions of craft and design.

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Press releases 2008

Futureplan: V&A completes phase one

The V&A will complete the first phase of its £120 million transformation a year from now when it opens its £30 million new Medieval and Renaissance Galleries in November 2009.

Download: Futureplan - V&A Completes Phase One (PDF file, 39 KB)


Buddhist Sculpture

The V&A will open The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Gallery in April, the first gallery for Buddhist sculpture in the UK.

Download: Buddhist Sculpture (PDF file, 244 KB)


Baroque 1620–1800: Style in the Age of Magnificence

The magnificence and splendour of Baroque, one of the most opulent styles of the 17th and 18th centuries, will be the subject of the V&A's spring exhibition.

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Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones

Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones is a collaboration between the V&A and one of the world's foremost hat designers, Stephen Jones.

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New Sackler Centre for Arts Education Opens at the V&A

The V&A's new Sackler Centre for arts education gives visitors the opportunity to learn from and work with some of the UK's most talented designers and teachers.

Download: New Sackler Centre for Arts Education Opens at the V&A (PDF file, 41 KB)


Magnificence of the Tsars

A display of rare and lavishly decorated costumes and uniforms worn by the Tsars and court officials of Imperial Russia, most of which have never been exhibited before either in Russia or abroad.

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Cold War Modern: Design 1945–1970

The V&A’s autumn exhibition, Cold War Modern: Design 1945-70, is the first to examine contemporary design, architecture, film and popular culture on both sides of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War era.

Download: Cold War Modern: Design 1945–1970 (PDF file, 50 KB)


Fashion V Sport

A new exhibition at the V&A this summer, Fashion V Sport, will explore the relationship between contemporary fashion and global sportswear brands.

Download: Fashion V Sport (PDF file, 178 KB)


The Story of The Supremes from the Mary Wilson Collection

The performance costumes of The Supremes, one of the most successful groups of all time, will be on display at the V&A this summer.

Download The Story of the Supremes from the Mary Wilson Collection (PDF file, 55 KB)


Thomas Hope: Regency Designer

A new exhibition at the V&A will show the work and collections of Thomas Hope (1769-1831), one of the most influential designers and patron of the arts in Britain in the early 19th century.

Download: Thomas Hope: Regency Designer (PDF file, 43 KB)


The William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery opens at the V&A

The V&A will open the new William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery on 24 May 2008. The gallery will display 3,500 jewels from the V&A's jewellery collection, one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world.

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Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft

This winter a joint V&A and Crafts Council exhibition will feature eight artists who place meticulous craftsmanship at the heart of their work.

Download: Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft (PDF file, 39 KB)


China Design Now

The V&A's spring exhibition, China Design Now, will be the first in the UK to explore the recent explosion of new design in China and the first to attempt to understand the impact of rapid economic development on architecture and design in China's major cities.

Download: China Design Now (PDF file, 63 KB)


Collaborators: UK Design for Performance 2003 - 2007

This display will show a selection of the best British theatre designs of the last four years.

Download: Collaborators: UK Design for Performance 2003 - 2007 (PDF file, 49 KB)


Blood on Paper: The Art of the Book
Blood on Paper: The Art of the Book reveals the astonishing inventiveness with which the book has been treated by some of the most influential and respected artists of our time.

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Press releases 2007

The Art of Lee Miller

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of the remarkable photographer Lee Miller on 23 April 1907 and 30 years after her death, the V&A announced that it will stage an extensive tribute to her this autumn.

Download: The Art of Lee Miller (PDF file, 68 KB)


The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957

The V&A's autumn exhibition, The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957, will explore one of the most glamorous and remarkable decades in fashion history.

Download: The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947–1957 (PDF file, 56 KB)


Press releases 2006

The V&A Museum of Childhood

The V&A Museum of Childhood has reopened to the public following a year's closure and the completion of an extensive transformation of its 130-year-old home.

Download: The V&A Museum of Childhood (PDF file, 55 KB)


James 'Athenian' Stuart

The work of James 'Athenian' Stuart, the influential 18th-century Neo-Classical architect best known for his interiors of Spencer House, London, will be on display at the V&A this spring.

Download: James 'Athenian' Stuart (PDF file, 39 KB)


Uncomfortable Truths

Two hundred years after the bill outlawing the British slave trade was passed by Parliament, the V&A is marking the event with an exhibition of work by eleven contemporary artists from Europe, Africa and America.

Download: Uncomfortable Truths (PDF file, 53 KB)


New York Fashion Now

New York Fashion Now will bring together designs by 20 of the most talented and innovative designers from the numerous independent fashion labels launched between 1999 and 2004.

Download: New York Fashion Now (PDF file, 55 KB)


Kylie

The changing image of Kylie Minogue, one of the most popular contemporary style icons, will be the focus of a new exhibition at the V&A.

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Surreal Things: Surrealism and Design

The V&A's major spring exhibition, Surreal Things, will be the first to explore the influence of Surrealism on the world of design - theatre, interiors, fashion, film, architecture, and advertising.

Download: Surreal Things: Surrealism and Design (PDF file, 56 KB)


Fashion in Motion: Christian Lacroix

The V&A will present highlights of Christian Lacroix's Autumn/Winter 2006-7 collections in three special catwalk shows on 31 October to mark Paris Calling - the UK-wide celebration of contemporary French culture.

Download: Fashion in Motion: Christian Lacroix (PDF file, 40 KB)


Beyond the Maker's Mark: Paul de Lamerie

Beyond the Maker's Mark: Paul de Lamerie Silver in the Cahn Collection is a new display at the V&A celebrating the extraordinary work of Paul de Lamerie (1688-1751), London's leading 18th-century silversmith.

Download: Beyond The Maker's Mark: Paul de Lamerie (Word file, 60 KB)


At Home in Renaissance Italy

The riches of the Renaissance interior, and its central role in the flowering of Italian art and culture, will be the subject of a V&A exhibition this autumn.

Download: At Home in Renaissance Italy (Word file, 45 KB)


Twilight: Photography in the Magic Hour

This autumn, the V&A will exhibit around 50 works by international contemporary artists who have explored the visual and psychological effects of twilight.

Download: Twilight - Photography in the Magic Hour  (Word file, 89 KB)


Spectacular New Sculpture Galleries at the V&A

The new Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries will  display some of the Museum’s finest sculpture dating from 1600 to 1900 made by British sculptors or acquired by British patrons.

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Leonardo Da Vinci: Experience, Experiment and Design

Leonardo da Vinci: Experience, Experiment and Design explores for the first time the most fundamental aspect of Leonardo’s work – how he thought on paper.

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V&A to Open Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art

The V&A will open the new Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art on Thursday 20 July 2006. The highlight will be the Ardabil carpet, the world’s oldest dated carpet, and one of the largest, most beautiful and historically important in the world.

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Che Guevara: Revolutionary Icon

Che Guevara: Revolutionary and Icon will focus on the history of this single image during the past 45 years, bringing together photography, posters, films, fine art, clothing and artefacts from more than 30 countries.

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Sixties Fashion: 'Swinging London' Fashion on Display at the V&A

40 years after Time Magazine's famous 1966 'Swinging London' cover, the V&A explores the Swinging Sixties. Sixties Fashion will feature designs by Mary Quant, Ossie Clark, Pierre Cardin and Paco Rabanne among others.

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Sixties Graphics

This summer the V&A will celebrate the 1960s with a display of graphic material including posters, magazines, photographs, album covers and other printed ephemera such as badges from 1965-1972.

Download: Sixties Graphics (Word file, 640 KB)


Auerbach and Freud at the V&A: New Paintings

The V&A will present a unique opportunity to view eight new paintings by Frank Auerbach and Lucian Freud in a display juxtaposed with masterpieces by John Constable and JMW Turner in the Museum’s Paintings Gallery.

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Anna Piaggi Fashion-ology

Anna Piaggi has had a prolific career as a journalist, stylist and editor. She was born and lives in Milan where she has worked in publications since the late 1950s and is renowned for her work for Italian Vogue.

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Press releases 2005

Modernism: Designing a New World 1914–1939

The V&A’s major spring exhibition will be Modernism: Designing a New World. It will be the first in-depth look at the movement which revolutionised the world around us and the way we live.

Download: Modernism: Designing a New World 1914–1939 (Word file, 27 KB)


China Friday Late

The V&A's October Friday Late focuses on contemporary China with live and surprising performances by some of China's most exciting artists, as well as films, installations and discussions.

Download: China Friday Late (Word file, 34 KB)


What’s On at the V&A in October 2005

The V&A opens a major exhibition this autumn on Diane Arbus, the legendary New York photographer whose work captured 1950s and 1960s America and transformed the art of photography.

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What's On at the V&A in September 2005

The V&A will be showing the first major survey of Chinese photography  and video from the past decade, featuring work by a new generation of Chinese photographers and video artists.

Download: What's On at the V&A in September 2005 (Word file, 50 KB)


V&A to Open Sacred Silver & Stained Glass Gallery

The V&A will open a new Sacred Silver and Stained Glass gallery on 24 November 2005.

Download: V&A to Open Sacred Silver & Stained Glass Gallery (Word file, 45 KB)


New UK Cultural Engagement in China

The British Museum and the V&A both announce today an unprecedented programme of collaboration with museums across China.

Download: New UK Cultural Engagement in China (Word file, 666 KB)


Import Export

This autumn the V&A and British Council present Import Export an exhibition celebrating international influences in contemporary British design.

Download: Import Export (Word file, 49 KB)


Between Past & Future: New Photography & Video from China

The V&A will show the first major survey of Chinese photography and video from the past decade, featuring work by a new generation of Chinese photographers and video artists.

Download: Between Past & Future: New Photography & Video from China (Word file, 38 KB)


Diane Arbus Revelations

The V&A will open a major exhibition this autumn on Diane Arbus, the legendary New York photographer whose work captured 1950s and 1960s America and transformed the art of photography.

Download: Diane Arbus Revelations (Word file, 92 KB)


Treasures of Southeast Asian Art

Highlights from Doris Duke's collection of Thai and Burmese art, one of the world's finest collections, have been acquired by three of the UK's national museums.

Download: Treasures of Southeast Asian Art (Word file, 37 KB)


HearWear

The results of an innovative project to radically re-think the future of hearing products will be on display at the V&A this summer.

Download: HearWear (Word file, 41 KB)


HearWear – The Future of Hearing

The results of an innovative project to radically re-think the future of hearing products will be on display at the V&A this summer.

Download: HearWear – The Future of Hearing (Word file, 41 KB)


What's On in May

The V&A's major spring exhibition, International Arts and Crafts, is the most comprehensive ever UK exhibition on the movement and the first to look at it from a truly international perspective.

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Anne Valerie Hash: Fashion In Motion

Anne Valerie Hash is one of France's rising couture stars. Her debut collection was launched in 2001 and already Hash can count Cate Blanchet and Vanessa Paradis among her customers.

Download: Anne Valerie Hash Fashion In Motion (Word file, 31KB)


Touch Me

This June the V&A, in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust, opens a uniquely touchable contemporary design exhibition, Touch Me, which explores the pleasures and sensations of touch, looking at the designed world around us now and what the future holds.

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What's On at the V&A in June 2005

This June the V&A, in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust, opens a uniquely touchable contemporary design exhibition, Touch Me, which explores the pleasures and sensations of touch, looking at the designed world around us now and what the future holds.

Download What's On at the V&A in June 2005 press release


70 Years of Penguin Design

The V&A is marking the 70th anniversary of Penguin Books with a display of some 500 of Penguin's iconic book covers.

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What's On at the V&A in March 2005

The V&A's major spring exhibition, International Arts and Crafts, will be the most comprehensive ever UK exhibition on the movement and the first to look at it from a truly international perspective.

Download: What's On at the V&A in March 2005 (Word file, 42 KB)


What's On at the V&A in April 2005

The V&A's major spring exhibition, International Arts and Crafts, will be the most comprehensive ever UK exhibition on the movement and the first to look at it from a truly international perspective.

Download: What's On at the V&A in April 2005 (Word file, 41 KB)


Art Deco

On 27 March, the Victoria and Albert Museum opens Art Deco 1910-1939, the most comprehensive exhibition ever staged on one of the most glamorous and popular of all artistic styles.

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The New Julie & Robert Breckman Prints and Drawings Gallery

The inaugural display in the Julie and Robert Breckman Prints and Drawings Gallery, will be 'The Spirit of Place: Landscape in British Printmaking'.

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Rare Portrait Miniatures on Display at V&A

The V&A will open a new Portrait Miniatures Gallery on 2 March 2005 with masterpieces by Hans Holbein, the Elizabethans Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver, and Samuel Cooper.

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Beauty at the V&A

The V&A has commissioned a special tour this winter, as well as debates and other events, exploring the idea of Beauty through the Museum's unrivalled permanent collections.

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Beauty Week at the V&A

Beauty Week culminates in a glamorous mid-winter Friday Late Masked Ball with dancing, live music, DJs, workshops and an Estée Lauder beauty parlour.

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International Arts and Crafts at the V&A

The V&A's major spring exhibition, International Arts and Crafts, will be the most comprehensive ever UK exhibition on the movement and the first to look at it from a truly international perspective.

Download: International Arts And Crafts At The V&A (Word file, 48 KB)


Chinese New Year 2005 at the V&A

To welcome the Year of the Rooster the V&A will celebrate Chinese New Year with a weekend of events on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th February.

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Press release 2004

What’s On at the V&A in January 2005

The V&A has commissioned a special tour this winter, as well as debates and other events, exploring the idea of Beauty through the Museum's unrivalled permanent collections.

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Matthew Williamson Creates a Blooming Christmas Tree for V&A

Fashion designer Matthew Williamson has designed a decadent Christmas tree that will decorate the V&A's stunning Grand Entrance over Christmas 2004.

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V&A Highlights January 2005–2007

This major exhibition will be the first to explore Arts and Crafts as an international style from the 1880s.

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Spectres: When Fashion Turns Back

Next spring, the V&A will host a different fashion exhibition Spectres: When Fashion Turns Back.

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New Contemporary Glass Gallery at the V&A

The V&A will open a new gallery for contemporary glass, The Märit Rausing Gallery, on 8 December 2004.

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Style and Splendour Queen Maud of Norway’s Wardrobe 1896–1938

In February 2005 the V&A opens a display of the spectacular wardrobe of Queen Maud, the British Princess who became Queen Consort of the newly independent Norway in 1905.

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What’s On at the V&A in February 2005

In February 2005 the V&A  opens a display of the spectacular wardrobe of Queen Maud, the British Princess who became Queen Consort of the newly independent Norway in 1905.

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V&A and Riba Open UK's first permanent Architecture Gallery and New Study Rooms at the V&A

On 18 November the V&A and RIBA open the UK's first permanent architecture gallery.

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Black British Style

Opening on 7 October 2004, Black British Style focuses on dress, fashion and styling across all aspects of black British culture and life.

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Encounters

The V&A's major autumn exhibition, Encounters: The Meeting of Asia and Europe, will bring together a range of fascinating objects from Asia and Europe from the period 1500 -1800 after Europeans first discovered the sea route to the Indies and with it the enduring appeal of the exotic.

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Village Fete 2004

This July sees the fifth annual designer Village Fete at the V&A, now a firm favourite of the London summer scene. This fete with a twist will see some of the best of British design at the V&A.

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V&A to Open New Garden in 2005

John Madejski has given the V&A £2 million to create a new garden at the heart of the museum. It will be named 'The John Madejski Garden' in honour of the donor.

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Black British Style

Black British Style at the V&A is the first exhibition in the UK to explore the style and fashion of black people in Britain and their impact on British culture over the past 50 years.

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The Other Flower Show 2004

For six weeks, the V&A is transforming its garden with a summer show of ten garden shed installations by contemporary artists and designers.

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Christopher Dresser

This autumn the V&A will open the first UK retrospective on Christopher Dresser, one of the most influential British designers, which marks the centenary of his death.

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Vivienne Westwood

In April 2004 the Victoria and Albert Museum launched a major exhibition of the work of Vivienne Westwood, one of the most influential fashion designers of the last 30 years.

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A Buddha for the Nation

The British Museum and the V&A have joined together to acquire a rare Indian 7th century metal statue of a standing figure of the Buddha Sakyamuni, the first to enter a public European collection.

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New Islamic Gallery

Hartwell plc, part of the Abdul Latif Jameel Group, has given the V&A a substantial donation to transform one of its historic galleries into a fitting home for the Museum's superb collection of Islamic art from the Middle East.

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Bill Brandt

V&A is celebrating the centenary of the birth of Bill Brandt (1904-83), Britain's best-loved photographer of modern times, with a major exhibition.

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Five New Paintings Galleries

The V&A will display 200 works from its extensive paintings collection in a new suite of five galleries that continue the Museum's programme of renewal and refurbishment.

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International Training Course

The Victoria and Albert Museum welcomes applications for ‘Creating Innovative Learning Programmes’, its new one week intensive course. This is a unique training opportunity for museum professionals from overseas who are interested in attracting and programming for a range of museum audiences.

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Event - From Owen Jones to Marianne Straub: 150 years of the Warner Archive

Sat 20 September 2014 11:00

STUDY DAY: The Warner Textile Archive represents two centuries of creativity and commerce. It includes Spitalfields silks from the late 18th and 19th centuries, Victorian designs by Owen Jones and William Morris, and vibrant examples of Art Deco, Contemporary, and Pop styles.

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