What's On Friday 1 July 2011

 Exhibitions

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    EXHIBITION: The V&A presents one of the most influential and enigmatic fashion designers of the last forty years, Yohji Yamamoto.

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    EXHIBITION: The first major exhibition to comprehensively explore Aestheticism, an extraordinary artistic movement which sought to escape the ugliness and materialism of the Victorian era by creating a new kind of art and beauty.

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    EXHIBITION: This exhibition features works by some of the most exciting and inventive photographers living and working in South Africa today. The exhibition presents the vibrant and sophisticated photographic culture that has emerged in post-apartheid South Africa. The works on display respond to the country’s powerful rethinking of issues of identity across race, gender, class and politics. Sponsored by Standard Bank

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 Displays

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    Thumbnail for 'So Noble a Confection' Producing and Consuming Chocolate 1600-1980

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: For the past 400 years chocolate has fed both our senses and our imagination. This display charts the origins, making, importation and consumption of chocolate in South America and Europe, 1600-2000. Drawing on a wide range of V&A objects, including ceramics, metalwork and prints, it explores our enduring love affair with the ‘divine nectar’.

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    DISPLAY: See expertly crafted silverware representing individual makers and patrons, and learn more about the more recent role of the lending institution in safeguarding Huguenot heritage.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: See key works by celebrated dance photographer Chris Nash.

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    Thumbnail for Picturing Plants: Masterpieces of Botanical Illustration

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Admire detailed botanical illustrations in a range of graphic media, dating from the mid-nineteenth century.

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    DISPLAY: See winning entries from the V&A's annual Inspired By... art and design competition.

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    Thumbnail for Field Study International: Emanations of a Collective Spirit in Art

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    DISPLAY: Explore the work of Field Study, an international network of artists influenced by avant garde movements of the recent past, in particular, Fluxus publications and performances and Mail Art.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: See work produced by school groups in partnership with innovation and product design company Seymourpowell, and try out an interactive design challenge as part of the display.

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    DISPLAY: View a selection of ceramic art by 17 contemporary Korean artists who work both in Korea and internationally. Their work incorporates traditional methods with modern ingenuity and innovative techniques, expressing the creative spirit of a highly industrialised Asian nation with a rich ceramic heritage.

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    Thumbnail for Recording the New: The Architectural Photography of Bedford Lemere & Co. 1870-1930

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    DISPLAY: Explore the work of Bedford Lemere & Co, the leading architectural photography company of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In business from the 1870s until the 1940s, Bedford Lemere and his son Harry Bedford Lemere pioneered professional architectural photography and set the standard for others to follow.

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    DISPLAY: Photographer David Goldblatt (b.1930) has explored the social landscape of his home country of South Africa since the late 1940s. In 1987, he generously donated a large collection of his work to the V&A Museum. View a selection of these images, focussing on the later years under apartheid rule, alongside important books by Goldblatt. The display complements the exhibition Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: The V&A Illustration Awards celebrates the best illustration published over the last year. Original artwork from the best illustrated book, book cover, magazine and student illustrator of the year will be on display, together with a selection of all competition entries.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: See highlight pieces from the V&A's outstanding Prints and Drawings collections, chosen by curators and showcased each month. Accessible during Prints and Drawings Study Room opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10.00-17.00 (closed Saturday 28 May).

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 Courses

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    COURSE: Explore the visual arts of the intriguing Early Medieval period, many of which are represented in the V&A’s abundant medieval collections: architecture and sculpture, metalwork and enamels, silks and embroidery, ivory carving and manuscript illumination, wall painting and mosaic. You can book the full year course, or select individual terms or days. To book year or term tickets phone 020 7942 2211. For day tickets book online below. For more information and to download the full course brochure, please click on the link below.

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    COURSE: Enjoy a wine tasting session and explore the social history of drinking in Europe from 1400-1700 with food historian Gillian Riley and curator Ann Eatwell in this afternoon seminar.

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 Evening events

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    Free entry

    LIVE MUSIC: Free concerts by musicians from the Royal College of Music are performed on selected Friday evenings in the beautiful setting of the Norfolk House Music Room, from 18.30 – 19.30.

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    TALK: Join Ketan Mehta, one of India’s most acclaimed film directors, for a screening and discussion of his film Colours of Passion. Organised in collaboration with the London Indian Film Festival.

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 Free talks & tours

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    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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    Free entry

    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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    Free entry

    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.

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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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