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  • Rapid Response Collecting


    Where : Gallery 74a

    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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  • Print of the Month

    4 - 29 October 2016

    Where : NAL Reading Room

    DISPLAY: The West India Flower Girl by Agostino Brunias, illustrator (1730-96), and Louis Charles Routte the Elder, engraver (1754-1806), about 1800

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  • Musical Wonders of India

    Wed 16 September 2015 – Mon 31 October 2016

    Where : Gallery 41

    DISPLAY: A selection of beautifully decorated instruments, one in the shape of a peacock adorned with real feathers, evokes India's rich musical traditions. This display is part of an exciting new digital project created in partnership with Darbar Arts Culture Heritage, revealing how these historic instruments would have been played.

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  • Silver Speaks

    8 March 2016 – 2 July 2017

    Where : Silver, Room 66

    DISPLAY: This display highlights the work of Contemporary British Silversmiths. It includes some of the best silversmiths practising in Britain today.

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  • A History of Photography: The Body

    11 March 2016 - 19 February 2017

    Where : Gallery 100

    DISPLAY: Since the invention of photography, the camera has focused on the body as a subject of both artistic expression and scientific examination.

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  • Master Strokes: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Golden Age

    Sat 14 May - 13 November 2016

    Where : Gallery 88a

    DISPLAY: The 17th-century was a period of extraordinary prosperity and artistic output in the Netherlands. Featuring works from the V&A's outstanding collection of Dutch and Flemish drawings, this display presents masterpieces by Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Rembrandt van Rijn, together with the work of lesser-known Golden Age artists.

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  • Elytra Filament Pavilion

    18 May - 6 November 2016

    Where : The John Madejski Garden

    DISPLAY: Elytra Filament Pavilion is a newly-commissioned pavilion for the V&A Engineering Season.


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  • Mind Over Matter: Contemporary British Engineering

    15 June - 6 November 2016

    Where : Architecture, Room 128a

    DISPLAY: Presented by the V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership, supported by the Royal Commisson for the Exhibition of 1851, the display Mind over Matter: Contemporary British Engineering is part of the V&A Engineering Season and complements the exhibition Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design.

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  • The Camera Exposed

    23 July 2016 - 5 March 2017

    Where : Gallery 38a

    DISPLAY: More photographs are being made today than ever before, but most are made with mobile phones, not stand-alone cameras.

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  • Beatrix Potter's London

    28 July 2016 - 28 April 2017

    Where : Gallery 102

    DISPLAY: Marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), this display explores the role of London in Potter’s life and work.

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  • Glastonbury: Land and Legend

    Glastonbury: Land and Legend

    10 September 2016 – 26 February 2017

    Where : Gallery 104

    DISPLAY: Glastonbury: Land and Legend

    10 September 2016 – 26 February 2017

    An immersive film and sound installation about the Glastonbury Festival through time, space and people.

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  • David Garrick: Book Collector

    20 September 2016 - 26 February 2017

    Where : NAL Library Landing

    DISPLAY: David Garrick was perhaps the most famous English actor before Laurence Olivier.

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  • Garnitures: Vase Sets from National Trust Houses

    11 October 2016 - 30 April 2017

    Where : Ceramics, Room 146

    DISPLAY: Organised in partnership with the National Trust, this display explores the history of the garniture; a set of vases unified by their design.

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  • Conservation Couture: The Animal Ball Collection.

    Conservation Couture: The Animal Ball Collection.

    Wednesday 26 October – Friday 4 November

    Where : The Dome

    DISPLAY: Elephant Family is collaborating with the V&A to display an exclusive collection of couture masks, created by the world’s greatest fashion houses and inspired entirely by the animal kingdom. The masks will be on display at the V&A for two weeks in an area of the museum not usually open to the public, the Cupola.   


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  • Ephemeral Architecture

    26 November 2016 - 19 March 2017

    Where : Gallery 128a

    DISPLAY: The dynamic and diverse tradition of temporary architecture defies our expectations of architecture as permanent and monumental.

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  • Season's Greetings: Victorian Christmas cards

    28 November 2016 - 5 January 2017

    Where : Gallery 107

    DISPLAY: A small display of Christmas cards from the V&A's collection will explore the origins of the Christmas card and show some highlights from its Victorian heyday.

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  • Another Russia: Post-Soviet Printmaking

    8 December 2016 - 15 August 2017

    Where : Gallery 88a

    DISPLAY: After the Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991, Russian artists who no longer felt defined by resistance to authority could relect wistfully, ironically or polemically on utopian concepts like the Ideal City or the New Soviet Man.

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