What's On Wednesday 15 January 2014

 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: 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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 Family Events

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

    Free entry

    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: 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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    Free entry

    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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    Free entry

    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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    Free entry

    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: 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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    Free entry

    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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    DISPLAY: Christmas Day Gifts Certificate, 1915 Printed by Sir Joseph Causton & Sons Limited

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 Courses

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    8 WEEK SHORT COURSE: Discover more about the Byzantine Empire, ruled from its capital, Constantinople (present day Istanbul) for over a thousand years, from its foundation by the Emperor Constantine in 330, until its fall to the Ottomans in 1453.

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    YEAR COURSE: Study the art, architecture and decorative arts of Europe from the High Renaissance to Baroque, focussing on Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands and England. Wednesdays, 18 September 2013 - 9 July 2014 (over 3 terms), 11.10-15.30

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    10 WEEK SHORT COURSE: Discover the delights of Art Deco, the most distinctive of inter-war, international styles.

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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 and Renaissance Galleries Tour

    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: Our first ever games designer in residence, Sophia George, is in the process of designing a digital game inspired by the British Galleries.

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    Thumbnail for Marcia Kure: African Artist in Residence

    OPEN STUDIOS: Visit our Residents in their studios or out and about in the galleries to find out about their research, creative practice and work in progress.

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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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 Membership Events

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    Join Professor Clive Bloom as he discusses his latest publication, Victoria’s Madmen, which tells the stories of the figures, who came to exemplify a contradictory history of the Victorian age: not one of Dickensian London and smoking factories, but of little-known revolutionaries and radicals.

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