What's On Saturday 29 October 2011

 Exhibitions

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    EXHIBITION: This is the first in-depth survey of art, design and architecture of the 1970s and 1980s, examining one of the most controversial phenomena in recent art and design history: postmodernism. It shows how postmodernism evolved from a provocative architectural movement in the early 1970s and rapidly went on to influence all areas of popular culture including design, art, music, film, performance and fashion. By the 1980s consumerism and excess were the trademarks of the postmodern. The exhibition explores the radical ideas that challenged Modernism; overthrowing purity and simplicity in favour of exuberant colour, bold patterns, artificial looking surfaces, historical quotation, parody and wit and above all, a newfound freedom in design. See over 250 objects across all areas of art and design and revisit a time when style was not just a ‘look’ but became an attitude. Supported by the Friends of the V&A With further support from Barclays Wealth

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    Free entry

    EXHIBITION: Power of Making celebrates the role of making in our lives by presenting an eclectic selection of over 100 exquisitely crafted objects. The exhibition is a cabinet of curiosities showing works by both amateurs and leading makers from around the world, presenting a range of skills with imaginative and spectacular results.

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 Special Events

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    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: Immerse yourself in postmodern excess with a celebration of radical style as attitude. Listen to live music, watch non-stop film screenings and take part in practical sessions, debate, talks and much more.

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    Free entry

    FAMILY EVENT: Let your imagination run wild as you whiz around the museum to get ideas for a crafty Mister Maker™ inspired activity. You can also try our design bodging challenge. 10.30–17.00. Recommended for ages 3+. Free and drop-in. The station is also available in the Grand Entrance on Saturdays until March 2012, during the Christmans and New Year holidays between Tuesday 27 December 2011 – Monday 2 January 2012 and during February Half-term 2012.

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    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: Come into the Power of Making exhibition for weekly live demonstrations and talks by designers and artists, including the monthly Digital Design Drop-In. Every Friday, 19.00-20.30 & Every Saturday, 13.00-16.00

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 Family Events

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    Free entry

    FAMILY EVENT: Let your imagination run wild as you travel around the Museum to get ideas for our crafty challenges. Find the Imagination Station in the Grand Entrance on Saturdays and the Sackler Centre and British Galleries in the holidays.

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    FAMILY EVENT: Digital Kids runs on select dates with limited spaces available. It is recommended for ages 5+ (unless stated otherwise).

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    Free entry

    British Galleries, Room 121 FAMILY EVENT: Join the Crafts Council for a drop-in crafts skills bonanza. Share your knitting skills or learn new ones in a friendly and creative atmosphere. Events take place on 25th, 27th & 29th October Free, drop in All ages and abilities welcome

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    Free entry

    FAMILY EVENT: Enjoy the V&A collection with fun, interactive gallery performances for all the family, available on saturdays.

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 Displays

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

    Free entry

    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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    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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 Conferences & Symposia

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    SYMPOSIUM: Join experts including exhibition curators Jane Pavitt and Glenn Adamson with Richard Candida-Smith, Ted Polhemus and Rick Poyner to discuss the impact of postmodernism on culture, from literature, architecture and design to pop culture and street style.

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 Courses

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    COURSE: No longer seen as a mere backdrop, wallpaper is now a hot topic for style commentators and historians. Join experts to hear more about how wallpaper has been revitalised by contemporary designers, from domestic interiors to art installations.

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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

    OPEN STUDIO: Meet our resident artists and designers, see their work in progress and find out about their creative practice. 13.00–16.00 on selected dates. Supported by the Friends of the V&A

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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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 Workshops

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    WORKSHOP: Indulge in coffee tasting and watch a ceramics demonstration before you create your own stylish set of mugs using hand building, slip casting and ceramic decoration techniques. Led by Louisa Taylor. 2-day course.

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