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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Victoria and Albert Museum

Below, see their latest e-newsletter:
The brand new V&A website launches in May
From: Victoria and Albert Museum
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Brand new website launches this month

A new kind of art and beauty

Yamamoto the visionary designer

Powerful South African images

Museums at Night: Figures & Fictions

New workshop series

Exclusive behind-the-scenes Yamamoto offer

SS11 at the V&A Shop

Gyles Brandreth on Oscar Wilde

Also on in London...
COLLECT - The International Art Fair

World photography

The new V&A website

Launch of the new V&A website
4 May 2011

May 2011 sees the launch of our brand new fully redesigned website. The V&A website is the UK’s leading online design resource with access to over one million objects and topics as broad as tattoos to couture. Three million people visit the Museum’s sites each year, but more than 25 million visit www.vam.ac.uk.

The new website boasts many technical innovations, new areas to explore, lots more from the V&A Channel, plus fantastic new community pages. This new feature will enable you to create your own profile and share your ideas and images with others.

Browse the new website from 4 May 2011

William Blake Richmond, Mrs Luke Ionides, 1879 © V&A Images

The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860 - 1900
Until 17 July 2011
Sponsored by Bank of America Merill Lynch

"Superb.... The Gob is smacked. Rarely have I left an exhibition feeling so fully confronted by its subject" (Sunday Times Culture)

"The rooms unfold like a succession of rich, airless dream" (Sunday Telegraph)

This is the first major exhibition to comprehensively explore Aestheticism, an extraordinary artistic movement which sought to escape the ugliness and materialism of the Victorian era by creating a new kind of art and beauty. It gathers together for the first time many of the greatest masterpieces of painting alongside sculpture, design, furniture, architecture, fashion and literature, and includes work by Edward Burne-Jones, James McNeill Whistler, Frederic Leighton, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris, Aubrey Beardsley and Oscar Wilde.

Tickets £12, concessions available

With further support from Liberty

Yohji Yamamoto Dream Shop © Ronald Stoops
Yohji Yamamoto
Until 10 July 2011

"By refusing to be prescriptive the show successfully reflects something of the designer's own ability to break from the expected" (Metro)

This exhibition presents one of the most influential and enigmatic fashion designers of the last forty years, Yohji Yamamoto. Yamamoto is a visionary designer who has made a vital contribution to fashion, challenging traditional norms of clothing with his avant-garde style. This is his first major solo show in the UK and is an installation-based retrospective showcasing over 80 women’s and menswear garments, which are most representative of his work.

Tickets £7, concessions available

Imaging partner Canon (UK) Ltd

Zwelethu Mthethwa, Untitled (From The Brave Ones series), 2010, Image courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography
Until 17 July 2011
Sponsored by Standard Bank

***** "Absorbing, entertaining and long overdue exhibition" (Evening Standard)

"There are many outstanding images in this show" (The Times)

Figures & Fictions features works by some of the most exciting and inventive photographers living and working in South Africa today. The 17 artists range from established practitioners such as David Goldblatt, Santu Mofokeng, Pieter Hugo and Zwelethu Mthethwa, to a new generation including Zanele Muholi and Hassan and Husain Essop.

The exhibition presents the vibrant and sophisticated photographic culture that has emerged in post-apartheid South Africa. The works on display respond to the country’s powerful rethinking of issues of identity across race, gender, class and politics.

Tickets £6, concessions available

Nontsikelelo Veleko, Sibu IV, 2003/2006. Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery
Museums at Night: Figures & Fictions
Friday 13 May 2011

Join us for a special evening of free events inspired by the exhibition Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography, as part of Museums at Night weekend.

In Focus: Normski in Conversation
Hear photographer and cultural commentator Normski discuss music and fashion from post-apartheid South Africa.
Free, advance booking essential

In Fusion: Normski with Special Guests
Hear vibrant South African and UK sounds in a DJ set featuring Normski with special guest DJs and live musicians.
Free, drop-in

Page from Baby’s Own ABC – EFG, illustrated by Walter Crane, English, 1870s © V&A Images
Crafting the Collection:
A is for Aestheticism
Saturday 14 May 2011
Art Studio and Seminar Room 1
Sackler Centre

Explore the enchanting world of Walter Crane in the second in our new workshop series, Crafting the Collection. Join artist Rosalind Wyatt to create your own colourful design incorporating calligraphic text and childhood illustrations, and contribute to a quirky stitched alphabet display.

Free, drop-in

Few and Far, 242 Brompton Road, London SW3 2BB
Few and Far in collaboration
with the V&A
Friday 20 May 2011
18.30 – 19.30
Few and Far, 242 Brompton Road
London SW3 2BB

To celebrate the Yohji Yamamoto exhibition, we have collaborated with Few and Far to offer 10 e-newsletter subscribers the chance to attend a Yamamoto inspired evening. Join exhibition curator Ligaya Salazar as she provides a behind-the-scenes talk about the exhibition in-store, followed by complimentary entry into the exhibition at the V&A.

Few and Far is a seasonal and personal collection selected by Priscilla Carluccio. The collection includes clothes, jewellery, vintage and contemporary furniture, tabletop, toys and craft from India, France, Morocco, Italy and UK. You can buy this seasons collections online and in the shop now.

The first 10 people to email marketing@vam.ac.uk will receive a ticket to this exclusive event.


Spring/Summer 2011 range at the V&A Shop
Spring/Summer 2011 at the V&A Shop

Keep up with this summer's trends with our beautiful ranges. Our new collection is inspired by early twentieth century Art Nouveau textiles designed by Frederick Steiner. Steiner was a fan of florals and foliage, which can be seen in the perfectly coloured patterns that decorate our fantastic range of homeware, clothing and accessories. Jewellery inspired by the patterns accent the collection with new jewels by Cilea and The Branch.

View the entire Spring/Summer 2011 range at the V&A Shop

Oscar Wilde carte de visite © V&A Images
’Elementary, my dear Oscar’: Gyles Brandreth on Wilde, Conan Doyle and their circle
Sunday 15 May 2011
15.00 – 16.45

Taking inspiration from The Cult of Beauty exhibition, the inimitable Gyles Brandreth will divulge some entertaining tales of the legendary Irish writer and wit – from his friendship with the creators of Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula to unlikely (but true) encounters with Pope Pius IX and Jumbo the Elephant. Afterwards enjoy a wine reception and book signing with the speaker.

Tickets £15

To book call 020 7942 2277

Organised by V&A Membership as part of Members’ Week 14–20 May 2011. Have a look online for other talks, concerts and special offers.

Find out more

Grandma goes to Tokyo by Elise Hatlø, Photo: Kirsti Mørch, Represented at COLLECT by Galleri Format
COLLECT – The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects
6 - 9 May 2011
Saatchi Gallery

COLLECT, taking place at the Saatchi Gallery, London from 6 – 9 May, is a highlight in the cultural calendar for anyone interested in buying dynamic contemporary craft. The fair brings together an exciting selection of UK and international galleries showcasing work by over 300 new and established artists.

To book tickets call 0844 873 7348


© Haylee Lee, courtesy Sony World Photography Awards 2011
World Photography Festival
Until 1 May 2011

Sony World Photography Awards exhibitions
Until 22 May 2011

Somerset House

Love photography? Find inspiration and get involved at the World Photography Festival and Sony World Photography Awards exhibitions at Somerset House, London. Share your work, network and learn new skills at the Festival until 1 May. Be dazzled by the fantastic imagery showcased in the exhibitions until 22 May.

Find out more

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