What's On Friday 4 November 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: 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: Journey across the V&A with fantastic stories, games and multi-sensory materials. Choose from Back-packs, trails or, for the under 5s, an Agent Animal bag.

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 Displays

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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 Medieval period through the V&A’s abundant medieval collections, including 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. Fridays, 16 September 2011 – 13 July 2012 (over 3 terms)

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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: Hear sculptor and creator of Spitting Image Roger Law and potters Ah Xian, Felicity Aylieff and Takeshi Yasuda discuss their joint experience of making ceramics in China with curator Amanda Game. The results of their collaboration can be seen in the V&A display, Porcelain City: Jingdezhen.

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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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    Free entry

    TOUR: Join one of our free themed tours exploring different aspects of the V&A's collection. Starts at 19.00 from the Meeting Point at the Grand Entrance.

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    TALK: Japanese Enamels: the Seven Treasures showcases the V&A’s historical collection of Japanese cloisonné alongside the recent gift of world-class works from the collection of Edwin Davis O.B.E. Over one hundred objects are included in this stunning display, including the work of master artists such as Hayashi Kodenji and Namikawa Yasuyuki of Kyoto. Join senior curator Gregory Irvine to explore the development of enamelling techniques and the social history behind the craft from the late 17th Century through to the 20th Century.

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