What's On Saturday 12 July 2014

 Exhibitions

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    EXHIBITION: Trace the eternal fashion of the wedding dress and discover the most romantic, glamorous and iconic dresses from the last 200 years.

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    Thumbnail for William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

    EXHIBITION: Experience the life and work of William Kent, the most prominent architect and designer of early Georgian Britain. Explore how Kent’s artistic inventiveness set the style at a time when Britain defined itself as a new nation and developed a design aesthetic for the period.

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    EXHIBITION: The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014 will be the first major exhibition to explore Italy’s rich contribution to modern fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present. It will examine the craftsmanship, luxurious materials and expertise for which Italy has become renowned across couture, fine tailoring, innovative ready-to-wear and accessories.

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    Thumbnail for M. F. Husain: Master of Modern Indian Painting

    EXHIBITION: This exhibition showcases the final nine paintings by M. F. Husain, one of the most celebrated and internationally recognised Indian artists of the 20th century.

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 Special Events

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    OPEN STUDIO: Winner of last year’s British Ceramics Biennual Award and the Jerwood Makers Open in 2012, Nao Matsunaga will be our ceramicist in residence until October 2014 in our ceramics studio on level 6.

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 Family Events

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    FREE DISPLAYS: There are hundreds of exciting hands-on exhibits throughout the V&A.

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    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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    FAMILY EVENT: Pick up a free family trail from the Learning Centre and set off to explore the museum through puzzles, drawing and observation games.

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    FAMILY EVENT: Join the performance team for fun and interactive gallery plays and activities. Events rotate each week – please see below for details. Suitable for all the family including early years unless otherwise stated (programmes for ages 2+ also available first Saturday of every month).

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 Displays

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    Thumbnail for Beatrix Potter: the Land, the Seasons and the War (WWI)

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: A year after Beatrix Potter married and moved to live full time in her beloved Lake District, the First World War broke out. As a farmer and land owner, she came to experience the changes the war brought to rural life in Britain.

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    Thumbnail for Memoirs of an Infantry Officer: Paul Hogarth Illustrates Siegfried Sassoon (WWI)

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: In 1981 Paul Hogarth made a series of vivid illustrations for Siegfried Sassoon’s Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, first published 50 years earlier.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this immersive installation will examine the enduring influence and popularity of the world’s most famous playwright.

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    Thumbnail for A History of Photography

    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 present day.

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    Thumbnail for Baroque and Later Ivories in the V&A

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: This is a display of a number of sculptures from the outstanding collection of baroque and later ivories in the V&A, including German, Austrian, Netherlandish, French, British and Hispanic works.

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    Thumbnail for Silver from the Malay World

    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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    Thumbnail for A World to Win. Posters of Protest and Revolution

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: From the 'Votes for Women' campaigns of the early 20th century to the recent 'Occupy' movements, political activists around the world have used posters to mobilise, educate and organise.

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    Thumbnail for Simon Carroll: Expressionist Potter

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: An unconventional and adventurous artist, Simon Carroll produced some of the most singular and extraordinary ceramics of recent years.

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    Thumbnail for This Time in History: What Escapes, by Rose Frain (WWI)

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: As a contribution to the V&A’s centenary reflections on the outbreak of war, the distinguished artist Rose Frain creates an installation for the National Art Library.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Eric Gill 1882-1940. Westward Ho!, 1921. Wood engraving.

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    Thumbnail for Rapid Response Collecting

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Rapid Response Collecting is a new strand to the V&A's collecting activity. Objects are collected in response to major moments in history that touch the world of design and manufacturing. The display, which will constantly change, shows how design reflects and defines how we live together today.

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    Thumbnail for The Lost Art of Writing

    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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 Conferences & Symposia

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    Thumbnail for The Rodin Gift to the V&A: centenary celebration

    CONFERENCE: In November 1914, the great French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) gave 18 of his sculptures to the V&A in honour of the British soldiers fighting alongside their French allies in the First World War.

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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 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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    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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 Young People's Events