What's On Saturday 21 September 2013

 Exhibitions

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    Thumbnail for Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace

    EXHIBITION: If you could keep only one memory, what would it be? This summer the V&A presents a dramatic vision of the future through an immersive exhibition experience. Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace is a walk-in story that brings to life a new work of fiction by the author Hari Kunzru.

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    EXHIBITION: Discover the creative explosion of London fashion in the 1980s through more than 85 eye-catching outfits.

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    EXHIBITION: Experience the beauty and allure of pearls which across centuries and cultures have long been associated with wealth, royalty and glamour.

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 Special Events

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    SPECIAL EVENT: This September the V&A will be at the centre of the eleventh annual London Design Festival, the UK’s premier Festival of contemporary design and one of the world’s most important annual design events.

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    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENTS: Take part in a weekend of events celebrating collaborations in digital art, design and science, including interactive installations, bacteria textiles, hacking projects, biotechnology, inventive electronics, family activities and more.

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    Free entry

    DIGITAL DISPLAY: Take part in our competition for the chance to feature in the displays at our Digital Design Weekend.

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    Thumbnail for Collate: An experiment in collaborative publishing

    SPECIAL EVENT: With the growth of online communities, consumption of information has shifted from a passive to a more active experience.

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Sky Arts and the V&A have partnered with designer Johnny Kelly, Nexus Interactive Arts and art director Evan Boehm to develop a web based drawing tool.

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    DISPLAY: 'Oki Naganode' is an installation made from Naga Kombu, a type of Japanese seaweed. The installation is one of a range of objects made by Julia Lohmann during her current V&A residency entitled 'The Department of Seaweed'.

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    Thumbnail for St Mungos / Woodworks Project: A Design Process

    DISPLAY: This display represents the culmination of a collaboration between the V&A and clients from St Mungo's Woodworks, and designers Alexa Galea, David Gates, Julia Lohmann and Michael Marriott.

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    Thumbnail for Matt Pyke, Mike Tucker, Universal Everything in conversation with Hannah Redler, Head of Media Space

    SPECIAL EVENT: Matt Pyke, founder of art and design studio Universal Everything, Mike Tucker, digital designer, Simon Pyke, music and sound designer and Julia Kaganskiy, curator and Editor-at-Large at the Creators Project discuss the studios collaborative working practice and new art installation commissioned for Media Space.

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 Family Events

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    Thumbnail for Back-packs & Trails

    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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    Thumbnail for Hands-on galleries!

    FAMILY EVENT: Explore hundreds of interactive exhibits throughout the Museum. Look for the hand symbol on the map.

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 Displays

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    Thumbnail for Research on Paintings: Art History and Connoisseurship

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: The display presents the most notable discoveries of recent research on the V&A's collection of European paintings and will concentrate on 11 Italian, Netherlandish and French works painted between the early 15th and the early 19th centuries.

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    DISPLAY: Enter through the Grand entrance of the V&A and look up. Here you are greeted by the 28.280 custom-made chandelier by Canada-based designer Omer Arbel. Hung from the Cupola, the highest point of the building, the installation spans the vast height of the Museum, cascading more than 30 metres through the centre of the Ceramics Galleries, past the coffered ceiling beneath and finally appearing above the main doorway as visitors enter the museum.

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    Thumbnail for 8-18: The Typographic Circle's Circular Magazine

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    DISPLAY: The Clore Study Area has been transformed for 8-18, a bold floor-to-ceiling graphic installation celebrating the 2D typography-led magazine, ‘Circular’.

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    Thumbnail for ALESSI Made in Crusinallo. The Beauty and the Mastery

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    DISPLAY: Many objects are simply part of everyday life; in the neutral, reassuring setting of home we make use of them almost without noticing. Then there are objects which somehow make commonplace gestures more pleasing, more straightforward, and more personal.

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    Thumbnail for Atlas for Animate Bodies - Volume One (2013)

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    DISPLAY: The first in a new series of animated films and artist books by filmmaker Simon Pummell. The work combines digital animation processes with traditional figure drawing to create a new atlas of the human figure.

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    DISPLAY: Designers across London have contributed their sketches and drawings to Moleskine notebooks, the results of which are displayed in the Sackler Centre.

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    Thumbnail for A Measurable Factor Sets the Conditions of its Operation: Marloes ten Bhömer

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    DISPLAY: The high-heeled woman is a complex construct, one designed for and ultimately sanctioned to the man-made environment.

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    Thumbnail for God is in the Details

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    DISPLAY: When the legendary German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe coined the now famous phrase ‘God is in the Details’, he encouraged his audience to live and work in a thorough manner and to take note of details, no matter how small they might be.

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    Thumbnail for The Bodleian Chair Competition

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    DISPLAY: 'A chair of chairs, for the library of libraries'

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    Thumbnail for The Design Fund to Benefit the V&A 2013

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: The Design Fund encourages private engagement with the arts for the benefit of the V&A and its public.

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    Thumbnail for The Dinner Party / True-to-Life Design by Scholten & Baijings

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    DISPLAY: In galleries and museums, design objects are frequently displayed on pedestals or in glass vitrines but rarely in something resembling the everyday living environment for which they were conceived.

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    DISPLAY: This impactful project comprises a natural a cork floor occupying the existing bridge over the V&A’s Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, in which the visitor is immersed in a world of cork, encountering its visual and tactile properties in a bold effort to challenge existing connotations with the material.

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    Thumbnail for Garden of Russolo, by Yuri Suzuki

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    DISPLAY: A new interactive installation of Yuri Suzuki's voice activated sound work "White Noise Machine".

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    Thumbnail for The Wind Portal by Najla El Zein, 2013

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    DISPLAY: Step through The Wind Portal a dramatic gateway of 5,000 paper windmills turning in the breeze.

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    Thumbnail for Cyclothymia, by Alessandro Brighetti

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    DISPLAY: A unique, mesmerising sculptural work in which electromagnetic ferrofluids create the illusion of living movement.

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    Thumbnail for Silver from the Malay World

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    DISPLAY: This display explores the rich traditions of silver in the Malay world. Intricate ornament drawn from geometry and nature decorates dining vessels, clothing accessories and ceremonial regalia.

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    DISPLAY: The V&A Illustration Awards celebrate the best illustration published over the last year. Artwork from the best illustrated book, book cover, editorial illustration and student illustrator of the year are recognised.

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    DISPLAY: From functional tableware masquerading as fruit or vegetables to imitations of prized materials, potters have always created objects intended to delight and surprise by deceiving the eye.

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    DISPLAY: At the turn of the 20th century, entertainment by and for the people was at its peak in Britain. Audiences jostled, boozed and sang along in over 500 music halls. Music halls were a result of Britain’s expanding commercial power, and for newly affluent workers they provided an escape from working life.

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    Thumbnail for Making it up: Photographic Fictions

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    DISPLAY: Photography is widely associated with truthfulness yet it has also been employed throughout its history as a means of telling stories and evoking the imaginary.

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    Thumbnail for Clara Button and the Magic Hat Day: A Fantastic Journey in the V&A

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    DISPLAY: The display presents a selection of attractive works on paper, which illustrate the first book of fiction for children published by the V&A: Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day (2011).

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    Thumbnail for Building Memories: The Art of Remembering

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    DISPLAY: This display offers alternative ways of understanding the 'art of remembering', explored by Hari Kunzru in his narrative for Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace.

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    Thumbnail for Ally Capellino - 'Bums on Seats'

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    DISPLAY: London accessories designer Ally Capellino brings her design aesthetic to the tubular stacking chair.

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    Thumbnail for The Lost Art of Writing

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    DISPLAY: 'Beautiful Writing pleases everyone, it makes one sought after,' explained the French writer Père Gregoire Martin in 1761. Having a fine writing hand was not only a useful skill but the sign of an educated and genteel person

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    Thumbnail for A History of Photography

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    DISPLAY: The Photographs Gallery draws upon the V&A’s internationally renowned collection and chronicles the history of photography from the 1840s up to the 1970s.

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    DISPLAY: The V&A Shop is pleased to be the exclusive retail launch partner for select homeware lines from new design venture WRONG FOR HAY.

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 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 Open House London 2013 Tour

    FREE TOUR: Go on a tour of the Victoria and Albert Museum, including access to some areas usually closed to the public, and discover the rich and varied architecture of the V&A.

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    Thumbnail for Medieval & Renaissance Tour 11.30

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    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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    OPEN STUDIOS: Visit the V&A Residency Studios to meet design resident Julia Lohmann. Find out about her research, use of original materials, creative practice and work in progress. 13.00-16.00

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    Thumbnail for Open Studio: The Toshiba Japan Ceramics Residency - Keiko Masumoto

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    OPEN STUDIO: Visit the Ceramics Residency Studio to watch Keiko Masumoto at work and find out more about her highly skilled making processes and Japanese ceramic trends.

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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.

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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