What's On Saturday 23 May 2015

 Exhibitions

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    EXHIBITION: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty 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.

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    EXHIBITION: The third in the series of Crafts Council partnership exhibitions, 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.

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    EXHIBITION: The V&A belongs to all of us. But what does this really mean? What are the opportunities, obligations and limits to participation in this civic institution?

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 Special Events

 Family Events

 Displays

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    Thumbnail for In Black and White: Prints from Africa and the Diaspora

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: This display features a variety of powerful graphic images from the 1960s to the present – prints, posters, books and ephemera – by notable artists as well as anonymous activists.

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    Thumbnail for Personal Favourites: Gold and Silver from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Superlative silver was the first area in which Sir Arthur Gilbert (1913-2001), one of the great collectors of the twentieth century, collected. From the 1960s onwards the London-born Los Angeles property tycoon sought expert advice, but also made some idiosyncratic choices.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: This display is dedicated to the Exhibition Road Building Project: the largest architectural intervention undertaken in the last 100 years of the V&A’s history, which will create a beautifully designed new entrance, gallery, courtyard, shop and café

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    Thumbnail for A History of Photography: Series and Sequences

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Photographs draws upon the V&A’s internationally renowned collection, which chronicles the history of photography from the 1840s to the present day. In 1852, the V&A became the first museum in the UK to collect photographs and in 1858, the first to hold a photography exhibition.

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

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: This display showcases a variety of photographic responses to black British experience from the 1950s to the 1990s. All of the photographs are from the V&A Collection and were acquired as part of the project Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s, a collaboration with Black Cultural Archives funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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    Thumbnail for Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Blue-and-white printed ceramics are a pronounced British phenomenon with continued appeal for potters, artists and consumers. At its very best ceramic printing in blue results in a high-quality, technically precise and aesthetically pleasing decoration, enabling a rapid design response to society and culture.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Kit for making artificial flowers by A. & G. Gatti, c. 1830-1860.

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    Thumbnail for The Curious Neoclassical Vision of Ennemond-Alexandre Petitot

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: This display showcases 24 prints and drawings by French-born architect and designer, Ennemond-Alexandre Petitot (1727-1801) who was responsible for some of the most captivating and eccentric neoclassical ornamental designs ever produced.

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    Thumbnail for Ways to be Public

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Public architecture comprises the schools, libraries, hospitals, squares and other public places where we come together. These places have traditionally given meaning to, and made a setting for, our public lives.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Who owns our personal data and what right do we have to privacy? Public concern about how digital data is used by governments to track us, and mined by business for commercial gain has increased significantly since Edward Snowden leaked US government surveillance documents in June 2013.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: As part of All of This Belongs to You, this display brings objects of the contemporary public realm to the galleries and highlights historic designs that make up the permanent displays.

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    Thumbnail for A Room from Damascus

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: In the 18th-century, the main reception rooms in Syrian upper-class houses began to be highly decorated with colourful painted wooden panelling.

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    Thumbnail for V&A Illustration Awards 2015

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: The V&A Illustration Awards are held annually to recognise and celebrate the most outstanding works of book, editorial and student illustration in the UK.

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    Thumbnail for Swarovski Design Project

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: A selection of shortlisted work by 3rd Year BA Jewellery Design students from Central Saint Martins inspired by the exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.

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    Thumbnail for A Stitch in Time: Home Sewing before 1900

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: This display examines some of the tools used in domestic sewing, which could be highly decorative in their own right. Often the only things that women could legally call their own, these tools reflected female status and accomplishment.

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    Thumbnail for Rapid Response Collecting

    Free entry

    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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 Conferences & Symposia

 Free talks & tours

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    Thumbnail for Daily Introductory Tour

    TOUR: Join this daily one hour tour which describes the history of the V&A and introduces a selection of treasures from the Museum's outstanding collections.

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    Thumbnail for Medieval and Renaissance Galleries Tour

    TOUR: Join this daily one hour tour which introduces the V&A's stunning Medieval & Renaissance Galleries. Starting at the Meeting Point, Grand Entrance at 11.30.

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    TOUR: Take a guided tour of the V&A's exciting theatre and performance collections, including rock & pop posters, theatre and ballet costumes, puppets, stage sets and more! See new costumes from the Lion King now on display. Starting at the Meeting Point, Grand Entrance at 14.00. Tours last approximately 1 hour

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    TOUR: Join this daily one hour tour which introduces the V&A's stunning British Galleries which house the most comprehensive collection of British design and art on view anywhere in the world.

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 Membership Events

 Workshops

 Young People's Events