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The London Design Festival at the V&A 2014: Events

Disobedient Objects
Disobedient Objects

Sat 26 July 2014–Sun 01 February 2015

EXHIBITION: The V&A presents the first exhibition to explore the powerful role that objects play in grassroots movements for social change, demonstrating how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity.

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Constable: The Making of a Master
Constable: The Making of a Master

Sat 20 September 2014–Sun 11 January 2015

EXHIBITION: Presenting a fresh interpretation of Britain’s best-loved landscape painter, this major exhibition reveals how Constable combined a reverence for the old masters with a revolutionary approach to capturing light and atmosphere.

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Nao Matsunaga: Open Studio
Nao Matsunaga: Open Studio

Sat 19 April 2014–Wed 24 September 2014

OPEN STUDIO: Winner of last year’s British Ceramics Biennual Award and the Jerwood Makers Open in 2012, Nao Matsunaga will be our ceramicist in residence until October 2014 in our ceramics studio on level 6.

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Pop-up Performance.
Pop-up Performance.

Sat 05 April 2014–Sat 27 December 2014

FAMILY EVENT: Join the performance team for fun and interactive gallery plays and activities. Events rotate each week – please see below for details. Suitable for all the family including early years unless otherwise stated (programmes for ages 2+ also available first Saturday of every month).

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Drop-in Design
Drop-in Design

Sun 06 July 2014–Sun 28 September 2014

FAMILY EVENT: Pick up a design challenge and bring your own fantastic ideas to life.

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Baroque and Later Ivories in the V&A
Baroque and Later Ivories in the V&A

Sat 25 January 2014–Sun 28 September 2014

DISPLAY: This is a display of a number of sculptures from the outstanding collection of baroque and later ivories in the V&A, including German, Austrian, Netherlandish, French, British and Hispanic works.

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Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright
Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright

Sat 08 February 2014–Sun 28 September 2014

DISPLAY: Celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this immersive installation will examine the enduring influence and popularity of the world’s most famous playwright.

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A World to Win. Posters of Protest and Revolution
A World to Win. Posters of Protest and Revolution

Thu 01 May 2014–Sun 02 November 2014

DISPLAY: From the 'Votes for Women' campaigns of the early 20th century to the recent 'Occupy'
movements, political activists around the world have used posters to mobilise, educate and organise.

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Rapid Response Collecting
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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Sue Timney for West Dean at the V&A
Sue Timney for West Dean at the V&A
Free entry

Fri 05 September 2014–Sun 05 October 2014

DISPLAY: The V&A are the exclusive launch partner for this curated selection of fine bone china, silk cushions and silk scarves from Sue Timney’s new range of homewares and accessories for West Dean – inspired by its founder Edward James, his house and collection of Surrealist art and objects.

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V&A Design Fund 2014
V&A Design Fund 2014

Mon 08 September 2014–Thu 06 November 2014

DISPLAY: The V&A’s contemporary collection represents transformations in design and society. The V&A Design Fund supports selected contemporary acquisitions which are exhibited each year during London Design Festival.

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Breathless Beauty - Broken Beauty
Breathless Beauty - Broken Beauty
Free entry

Sat 13 September 2014–Mon 27 October 2014

DISPLAY: Enjoy an immersive Sculptural 4k Video Art Installation by artist film maker Vanessa Jane Hall. Video canvasses capture the raw beauty of the country house, whether sparkling or faded.

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Crest
Crest
Free entry

Sat 13 September 2014–Fri 24 October 2014

DISPLAY: Crest, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, provides an engaging feature across the pool in the centre of the V&A’s John Madejski Garden. The form explores the relationships between fluid and Cartesian, solid and void, surface and structure.

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Double Space for BMW - Precision & Poetry in Motion
Double Space for BMW - Precision & Poetry in Motion
Free entry

Sat 13 September 2014–Fri 24 October 2014

DISPLAY: Fascinated by the themes of movement and the perception of space, multi-disciplinary designers Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby have devised an immersive, kinetic sculpture in conjunction with BMW that distorts the viewer’s sense of perspective as they view the Raphael cartoons on display at the V&A, and the architecture of the room they are standing in.

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Private Group Tours & Talks

We offer a wide range of tours to meet your group requirements. Whether a group has a special area of interest, wishes to explore a particular gallery or just get an overview of the Museum's collection the Groups Team can help.

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