All posts in Victoria and Albert Museum

Collecting current history on climate change at the V&A

There are moments in history where it has been clear that history is being made. In 1963 when Martin Luther King Jr said ‘I Have a Dream’ or as the Apollo 11 made a successful moon landing where Neil Armstrong uttered ‘one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.’ While those moments aren’t […]

The Met is no longer taking money from the Sackler family

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City says it will no longer accept any donations from the notorious Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma who have been ridden with controversy due to their contribution to and profiting from the opioid addiction crisis. The Met released a statement on Wednesday saying that it decided […]

Portrait of Kevin Spacey at the V&A museum raises questions

London’s Victoria & Albert Museum is facing a backlash for planning to exhibit a portrait of the now-disgraced American actor Kevin Spacey in a show set to open in late April. The actor is currently being trialed in the US for allegedly assaulting an 18-year-old man at a bar in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Spacey has so […]

2018 Museum Trends: Fashion and Social Interaction

Whether through social media engagement, immersive exhibitions, or fashion-forward thinking, art museums are creating novel opportunities to interact with artwork and with that increasing visitorship like never before. The Art Newspaper’s annual survey of the 20 most visited exhibitions revealed that although established masters and their timeless pieces continue to bring in visitors, fashion exhibitions […]

Could high-tech copies be the solution for the return of colonial artefacts?

“Africa is empty of its riches,” Beninese artist Thierry Oussou told the Guardian earlier this year in an interview. “When young students wish to write about the treasures of their homeland, they have to travel to France to do their research.” This was in reference to Oussou’s work, whose latest multimedia installation, Impossible Is Nothing, […]

Somenotsukasa Yoshioka: a workshop ‘In Search of Forgotten Colours’

The 19th-century saw the industrialization of various manufacturing processes. One of which was the way in which materials were dyed. In the mid-1800s, the creation of synthetic dyes slowly pushed the use of natural dyes out. Traditional means for dying fabrics by using dyes made from various plants thus fell to the wayside. Somenotsukasa Yoshioka, […]

That’s a wrap for the future: looking back at the V&A’s ‘The Future Starts Here’

‘The Future Starts Here’ is a design exhibition reminiscent of the stories told about the World’s Fair. Futuristic, exciting, baffling, and at times intimidating advancements in design sometimes offer a glimpse into what could be in our world. We are used to the likes of such displays at tech or design shows – even car […]