What's On Friday 20 December 2013

 Exhibitions

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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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    EXHIBITION: Enter the world of Norman Swann, elderly architect and proprietor of an elaborate apartment in South Kensington. As Norman struggles to deal with the burden of his cultural heritage, the arrival of his unscrupulous former student, now a famous architect to the stars, threatens to destabilise his fragile existence.

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    EXHIBITION: Presenting one of the world’s greatest artistic traditions, Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700-1900 will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see rare surviving works of art drawn from collections around the world.

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    EXHIBITION: The Jameel Prize is an international art prize for contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic traditions of art, craft and design.

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 Special Events

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Delve into projects focusing on the stories behind interaction design and discover how their concepts and production process can help inform future work.

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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: 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: 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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    Free entry

    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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    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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    Free entry

    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: 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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    Free entry

    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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    DISPLAY: Chinese artist Xu Bing transforms the V&A’s John Madejski Garden and presents an accompanying display of sketches, calligraphy and paintings.

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    DISPLAY: Part of the Brits Who Built the Modern World season. This display is the first part of a major exhibition organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Through drawings, watercolours, photographs and models it examines where, why and how British architects built internationally, both inside and outside the Empire.

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    DISPLAY: For over forty years Alec Cobbe has been a key figure in the understanding and presentation of historic painting collections and interiors.

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    DISPLAY: British artists have used drawing in a wide range of ways: to think on paper and to build up storehouses of ideas, as well as to make finished exhibition pieces.

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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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    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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    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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