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    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 Personal Favourites: Gold and Silver from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection

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    DISPLAY: Superlative silver was the first area in which Sir Arthur Gilbert (1913-2001), one of the great collectors of the twentieth century, collected. From the 1960s onwards the London-born Los Angeles property tycoon sought expert advice, but also made some idiosyncratic choices.

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    DISPLAY: This display is dedicated to the Exhibition Road Building Project: the largest architectural intervention undertaken in the last 100 years of the V&A’s history, which will create a beautifully designed new entrance, gallery, courtyard, shop and café

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    DISPLAY: This display features a variety of powerful graphic images from the 1960s to the present – prints, posters, books and ephemera – by notable artists as well as anonymous activists.

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    DISPLAY: The Lion’s Mound from Souvenirs of Waterloo by Gérard, 1842.

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    Thumbnail for Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics

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    DISPLAY: Blue-and-white printed ceramics are a pronounced British phenomenon with continued appeal for potters, artists and consumers. At its very best ceramic printing in blue results in a high-quality, technically precise and aesthetically pleasing decoration, enabling a rapid design response to society and culture.

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    DISPLAY: Photographs draws upon the V&A’s internationally renowned collection, which chronicles the history of photography from the 1840s to the present day. In 1852, the V&A became the first museum in the UK to collect photographs and in 1858, the first to hold a photography exhibition.

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    Thumbnail for The Curious Neoclassical Vision of Ennemond-Alexandre Petitot

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    DISPLAY: This display showcases 24 prints and drawings by French-born architect and designer, Ennemond-Alexandre Petitot (1727-1801) who was responsible for some of the most captivating and eccentric neoclassical ornamental designs ever produced.

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    DISPLAY: Public architecture comprises the schools, libraries, hospitals, squares and other public places where we come together. These places have traditionally given meaning to, and made a setting for, our public lives.

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    DISPLAY: As part of All of This Belongs to You, this display brings objects of the contemporary public realm to the galleries and highlights historic designs that make up the permanent displays.

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    DISPLAY: Who owns our personal data and what right do we have to privacy? Public concern about how digital data is used by governments to track us, and mined by business for commercial gain has increased significantly since Edward Snowden leaked US government surveillance documents in June 2013.

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    Thumbnail for A Room from Damascus

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    DISPLAY: In the 18th-century, the main reception rooms in Syrian upper-class houses began to be highly decorated with colourful painted wooden panelling.

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    Thumbnail for A Stitch in Time: Home Sewing before 1900

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    DISPLAY: This display examines some of the tools used in domestic sewing, which could be highly decorative in their own right. Often the only things that women could legally call their own, these tools reflected female status and accomplishment.

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    DISPLAY: The V&A Illustration Awards are held annually to recognise and celebrate the most outstanding works of book, editorial and student illustration in the UK.

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    DISPLAY: Welcome to the V&A’s summer pavilion, created for the London Design Festival at the V&A by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo to celebrate the Year of Mexico in the UK.

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    Thumbnail for Make/Believe: UK Design for Performance 2011-2015

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    DISPLAY: This display will reveal the diversity of performance design over the last four years and feature work that defines the edges of this global art-form. It will include designs across disciplines – from opera, dance, theatre, to pop music– and across contexts and platforms.

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    DISPLAY: Facing History features a variety of portraits by contemporary artists and photographers, from Julian Opie , Grayson Perry and Alison Lambert to Bettina von Zwehl and Maud Sulter.

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    DISPLAY: India has centuries’-old traditions of telling stories. The great myths and legends recalled in ancient epic poems like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana were also manifested in strong artistic traditions of visual narratives, passed down through generations.

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    DISPLAY: A major sculptural installation created for the V&A by artist Barnaby Barford, The Tower of Babel tells an array of stories about our capital city, our society and economy, and ourselves as consumers.

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    Thumbnail for Richard Learoyd: Dark Mirror

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    DISPLAY: Richard Learoyd’s unique and large-scale portrait and still-life photographs captivate viewers with their quiet power and mesmerising detail, which is achieved through an innovative process.

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