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A paradox revealed through portraiture

A photograph taken seven years before her passing says much about the life, times and character of the trailblazing Meherbai Tata The much-loved wife of Dorabji Tata and daughter in-law of Jamsetji Tata, the founder of the Tata group, Meherbai Tata was a woman of personality. A participant in the ornamental theatrics of being imperial within Empire, one finds her name regularly among the maharajas, nawabs and begums in royal chronicles. And deservedly so. Meherbai was honoured with the ‘Comm...
Tags: Art, London, Life, India, History, Heritage, Paris, Buckingham Palace, Victoria, Lafayette, Rembrandt, Mumbai, Queen Victoria, Tata, Reed, George V

Discover the First Modern Kitchen–the Frankfurt Kitchen–Pioneered by the Architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky (1926)

Nearly 100 years after it was introduced, architect Margarete (Grete) Schütte-Lihotzky‘s famous Frankfurt Kitchen continues to exert enormous influence on kitchen design. Schütte-Lihotzky analyzed designs for kitchens in train dining cars and made detailed time-motion studies of housewives’ dinner preparations in her quest to come up with something that would be space saving, efficient, inexpensively pre-fabricated, and easily installed in the new housing springing up in post-WWI Germany. ...
Tags: Google, Gender, Design, London, College, Life, Georgia, Architecture, Frankfurt, Victoria, Canterbury, Oslo, Minneapolis Institute Of Art, Facebook Twitter, Albert Museum, Margarete Schütte Lihotzky

The Planned V&A Restructuring Will Take Away Most Of The National Art Library’s Librarians

The details of what appears to be an outrageously short-sighted plan: “They are guardians of some of the nation’s most valued treasures, including Dickens’s manuscripts, a Shakespeare First Folio and five Leonardo notebooks. But librarians at the National Art Library in the Victoria and Albert Museum are feeling far from valued themselves, as two-thirds of them face losing their jobs. Thirty librarians have been told that their numbers are to be reduced to just 10, as part of a major restructur...
Tags: Art, Victoria, Visual, Dickens, Leonardo, Albert Museum, Shakespeare First Folio, 03.07.21, National Art Library

Major Layoffs Coming At London’s V&A Museum

“Vast cuts at the Victoria and Albert Museum are feared to be imminent, with curators and conservators in the line of fire. … Details of the museum’s ‘recovery strategy’ were briefed to unions on Thursday. Staff are expecting to hear news of redundancies within days. One insider expressed dismay that the curatorial division may have to make 20% cuts.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, London, Victoria, Visual, Albert Museum, 02.25.21

V&A Preparing To Return Items Looted After Ethiopian Battle

“The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has started talks with the Ethiopian embassy over returning looted treasures in its collections, including a gold crown and royal wedding dress, … plundered after the 1868 capture of Maqdala.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, London, Victoria, Visual, Albert Museum

V&A Museum In London To Lay Off 10% Of Staff

“The Victoria and Albert Museum is planning to make 103 retail and visitor experience staff redundant – approximately 10% of its overall workforce – with job losses in other departments set to follow. Staff were briefed on Tuesday about a process to reduce costs by £10m annually … ‘in order to secure the V&A’s survival’.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, London, Victoria, Visual, Albert Museum, 09.29.20

Smithsonian And V&A Call Off Their Joint Museum Plan

“The Smithsonian Institution and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London are abandoning plans to jointly curate a gallery in the planned V&A East museum, slated to open in East London in 2023. The proposed gallery was expected to draw from both institutions’ permanent collections to explore the impact of human life on the natural world.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, London, Victoria, East London, Visual, East, Smithsonian Institution, Albert Museum, 09.21.20

Nrew York – Sinead O’Dwyer: “In Myself” at Waves and Archives Through Aapril 3rd, 2020

Sinead O’Dwyer, In Myself (Installation View), via Waves and Archives Currently on view at New York’s Waves and Archives, artist Sinead O’Dwyer presents a selection of new works, returning to her nuanced silicone works alongside work created for an upcoming performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  The exhibition, which marks the artist’s […]
Tags: Art, New York, London, Show, Victoria, Art News, Featured Post, Albert Museum, Nrew York, Sinead O Dwyer

New York – Sinead O’Dwyer: “In Myself” at Waves and Archives Through April 3rd, 2020

Sinead O’Dwyer, In Myself (Installation View), via Waves and Archives Currently on view at New York’s Waves and Archives, artist Sinead O’Dwyer presents a selection of new works, returning to her nuanced silicone works alongside work created for an upcoming performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  The exhibition, which marks the artist’s […]
Tags: Art, New York, London, Show, Victoria, Art News, Featured Post, Albert Museum, Sinead O Dwyer

The Perils of Moving the V&A’s Arsenic-Laced Hats

As 250,000 objects, 350,000 books and more from The Victoria and Albert Museum’s archive move from their current Blythe House storage to a new, purpose-built east London facility, dangers abound—including from the textile collection. As the phrase “mad as a hatter” makes reference too, until the 1930s some hat features (like feathers and even whole birds, an Edwardian era trend) were treated with arsenic and …
Tags: Design, London, Conversation, Culture, Museums, Preservation, Victoria, Victoria & Albert Museum, Linkaboutit, Albert Museum, Blythe House, The Victoria and Albert Museum

Smithsonian Pulls Back from Permanent London Space

After years of planning and adjustment, The Smithsonian will not open a location in London, settling instead for a two-year exhibition at the V&A East, the Victoria and Albert Museum’s satellite space. “It was intriguing, and it was worthy of attention,” says Steve Case, the new chairman of the board of regents. “It is not the highest […]
Tags: Art, London, News, Smithsonian, Victoria, Steve Case, Art News, Minipost, Albert Museum, Smithsonian Pulls Back

Smithsonian’s Hoped-For London Outpost Cut Back To A Two-Year V&A Show

The original plan, announced in 2015, was for a Smithsonian museum in the planned Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; by the next year, it had been reduced to a partnership with London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and in 2018 an agreement was signed for a permanent presence at the V&A East in the QEOP. Now the Smithsonian’s new chief, Lonnie Bunch, has decided downgraded that permanence to a two-year co-curated exhibition when the V&A East opens in 2023. – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, London, Smithsonian, Victoria, Visual, Albert Museum, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Lonnie Bunch, 01.27.20

Plans for Victoria and Albert Museum’s Collection Move Underway

The plan is underway to move 250,000 objects, alongside 350,000 books and thousands more prints, drawings, account books, samples and more from Blythe House to a new storage space by Victoria and Albert Museum’s Easterm outpost in London. “All we ever do in a museum is play God and try and stop time in its tracks,” says Philippa Mackenzie, head […]
Tags: Art, London, News, Victoria, Art News, Minipost, Albert Museum, Blythe House, Easterm outpost, Philippa Mackenzie

This Guy’s Getting All Avant-Garde Hipster-y With The Renaissance’s Most Genteel Instrument

“Although Renaissance and Baroque repertoire remains his lodestar, [Liam] Byrne has taken the music — and audiences — to surprising places. In 2015, he squeezed into the belly of a plaster sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum and performed for one person at a time, Marina Abramović-style. Two years later, he participated in a site-specific reworking of Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe, holing up in the kitchen of a historic house with the performer Mara Carlyle, who sang and played the...
Tags: Art, Music, Victoria, Schumann, Albert Museum, 05.08.19, Liam -RSB- Byrne, Mara Carlyle

Is This Leonardo Da Vinci’s Only Surviving Sculpture?

A small terracotta statue, titled The Virgin with the Laughing Child and housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, has been attributed to various Italian Renaissance artists, most recently Antonio Rossellino. Now art historian Francesco Caglioti says that “there are a thousand details, which dispel any doubts regarding the attribution [to Leonardo].” — The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, London, Victoria, Visual, Leonardo, Albert Museum, Leonardo da Vinci, Antonio Rossellino, 02.08.19, Francesco Caglioti

V&A East Announces Initial Plans

V&A East, the Victoria and Albert Museum’s future venue on the former Olympic site in Stratford has unveiled its initial plans. It will combine exhibition and research space. Read more at Art Newspape
Tags: Art, News, Victoria, Art News, Minipost, Stratford, Albert Museum

The Mylo Driver Bag Features the World’s First Mushroom-based Leather!

Designed to stay sustainable, natural, and to not cut corners on the experience of owning leather, the Driver Bag features a one-of-a-kind leather alternative… a leather made from mushrooms! Made from the fibrous mycelium found in mushroom roots, Mylo looks and feels exactly like actual leather (it’s apparently difficult to tell the two apart), except without the environmental impact, and is a qualitative step up from faux-leather, given how it looks and behaves exactly like the real thing. In...
Tags: Deals, Design, London, Portland, Victoria, Stella Mccartney, Popular, Product Design, Random, Accessories & Fashion, Don, Albert Museum, Tote, Bolt Projects, Mylo Driver Bag, Chester Wallace

Playing Games Can Be Hard Work. So Can Choosing Which Ones to Display.

Marie Foulston is the curator of video games at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Her first exhibition shows how games can break new ground.
Tags: Art, London, News, Museums, Victoria, Marie, Albert Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Computer and Video Games, Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt (Exhibit, Foulston, Marie Foulston

Marvelous scans of Leonardo da Vinci's journals

London's Victoria and Albert Museum has digitized and posted two of Leonardo da Vinci's personal notebooks. From The Art Newspaper: “The notebooks remind us that Leonardo was as much an engineer as he was an artist. When he wrote in the early 1480s to Ludovico Sforza, then ruler of Milan, to offer him his services, he advertised himself as a military engineer, only briefly mentioning his artistic skills at the end of the list,” (says Catherine Yvard, Special Collections curator at the V&A’s ...
Tags: Art, Post, Science, Design, Milan, London, News, Engineering, Journals, Victoria, Leonardo, Albert Museum, Leonardo da Vinci, Ludovico Sforza, Catherine Yvard, National Art Library Codex Forster

Leonardo da Vinci’s Earliest Notebooks Now Digitized and Made Free Online: Explore His Ingenious Drawings, Diagrams, Mirror Writing & More

Do a search on the word “polymath” and you will see an image or reference to Leonardo da Vinci in nearly every result. Many historical figures—not all of them world famous, not all Europeans, men, or from the Italian Renaissance—fit the description. But few such recorded individuals were as feverishly active, restlessly inventive, and astonishingly prolific as Leonardo, who left riddles enough for scholars to solve for many lifetimes. Leonardo himself, though world-renowned for his talents in t...
Tags: Google, Art, Science, Milan, Microsoft, College, History, Victoria, British Library, Duke, Albert, Facebook Twitter, Leonardo, Albert Museum, Leonardo da Vinci, Josh Jones

What Will the Future Be Like? These Objects Help Us Imagine

An exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London examines how technological and social change will alter the way we live.
Tags: Art, London, News, Victoria, Miranda, Ai Weiwei, Heather, Albert Museum, Appelbaum, July, Victoria and Albert Museum, Dewey-Hagborg, Idrissa, Jacob (1983-, Oumarou

The game changers: meet the creatives shaking up the gaming world

On the eve of a new exhibition, we talk to six radical designers in an industry that’s evolving at exhilarating speedJust as the kaleidoscopic dramas of Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina, the pseudo-non-fiction murk of Alan Moore’s comic From Hell and the domestic pragmatism of Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals meet under the fat banner of prose, so the body of video games becomes an ever broader church. It is impossible to enforce orthodoxy in a medium where shifting technology defines the canvas....
Tags: Games, Design, Technology, Alan Moore, Culture, Victoria, Jamie Oliver, Leo Tolstoy, Albert Museum, Anna Karenina

Defying UK Trend, V&A Museum Attendance Up 26%

“A new and less intimidating entrance has helped the [Victoria and Albert Museum] achieve record visitor numbers, bucking a trend of sharp falls across the UK’s museums and galleries. The museum said more than 4.4 million people visited the V&A and its London satellites, Blythe House and the Museum of Childhood.”
Tags: Art, UK, London, Victoria, Audience, Visual, Albert Museum, 07.18.18, Blythe House

When 77 hats do the lotus position: the cosmic world of Younes Rahmoun

On a journey around the bustling, sun-filled medina of his hometown, the Moroccan artist – a contender for the Jameel prize – shows our writer where he finds inspirationOn a bright spring day, the artist Younès Rahmoun is showing me around his home town of Tétouan, a city in Morocco at the foot of the Rif mountains. Inside the medina – the old walled area and a Unesco world heritage site – he spots a bead on the ground. It’s small, plastic and the least interesting thing I can see. Nearby, men i...
Tags: Art, Religion, Culture, Unesco, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Morocco, Sculpture, Islam, Installation, Exhibitions, Victoria, Albert Museum, Jameel, Tetouan, Rif

A Meditative Look at a Japanese Artisan’s Quest to Save the Brilliant, Forgotten Colors of Japan’s Past

We might assume that 21st-century technology enables us to produce fabric in all imaginable colors, most of them totally unknown to our ancestors. Yet none of it has ever quite replicated the striking hues achieved by dyers of centuries and centuries ago. That premise underlies the slow and painstaking work of Sachio Yoshioka, whose family's fabric-dyeing heritage goes back to Japan's Edo period of the 17th to the mid-19th century. Having taken over his father's workshop Textiles Yoshiok...
Tags: Google, Art, Japan, College, History, Victoria, Seoul, Kyoto, Facebook Twitter, Nara, Albert Museum, Edo, Kottke, Colin Marshall, Yoshioka, Bamboo Tea Whisks Hina Dolls Steel

European Museums Rush To Collect Artifacts In Real Time After Significant Events

Rapid-response collecting was pioneered by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In 2014, it opened a gallery dedicated to objects acquired after they stirred public debate or looked likely to have historical impact. The museum says it hopes they provoke discussion about how objects are changing the way we live.
Tags: Art, London, Victoria, Visual, Albert Museum

London Mayor Reveals Second Plan For £1.1 Billion Arts District At Olympic Park

"Featuring an outpost of the Victoria and Albert Museum, a Sadler's Wells dance theatre and a new home for the London College of Fashion, along with residential towers, the park's planned arts district, once known as Olympicopolis, in tune with [former mayor Boris] Johnson's penchant for ancient Greek, has been reborn as East Bank, with […]
Tags: Art, London, Victoria, Issues, Olympic Park, Wells, Albert Museum, East Bank, Sadler, London College of Fashion, 06.05.18, Boris -RSB- Johnson

Why There's Still A Debate Over Returning Looted Art Treasures To Ethiopia

The Victoria and Albert Museum's new show of items taken by British soldiers from the court of Emperor Tewodros after the 1868 Battle of Maqdala had led to renewed calls for the valuable art objects and manuscripts to be repatriated. Reporter James Jeffrey looks at the history of the loot (there have been calls for […]
Tags: Art, Ethiopia, Victoria, Visual, Albert Museum, JAMES JEFFREY, Maqdala, 05.24.18, Tewodros

The 16,000 Artworks the Nazis Censored and Labeled “Degenerate Art”: The Complete Historic Inventory Is Now Online

The Nazis may not have known art, but they knew what they liked, and much more so what they didn't. We've previously featured here on Open Culture the “Degenerate Art Exhibition” of 1937, put on by Hitler's party four years after it rose to power. Following on a show of only Nazi-approved works — including many depictions of classically Germanic landscapes, robust soldiers in action, blonde nudes — it toured the country with the intent of revealing to the German people the "insult to German fee...
Tags: Google, Art, College, Germany, Nazis, History, Victoria, Nazi, Cia, Hitler, Paul Klee, Joseph Stalin, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Albert Museum, Hyperallergic

Second Company Develops Sustainable Mushroom-Grown Leather, Will Debut it This Saturday

Remember MycoWorks, the company that developed leather that can be grown from mushroom roots? Now another company, , has also cracked that biomaterials mystery and is bringing out its own version. Called , the offering from Bolt--a company that got its start by developing synthetic spider silk--appears to be created using the same method as MycoWorks', and of course offers the same environmental benefits:Mycelium is the underground root structure of mushrooms. It grows as tiny threads that ...
Tags: Design, Materials, Victoria, Bolt, Stella Mccartney, Albert Museum

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