Victoria and Albert Museum

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Some scribbles dismissed in the 1920s by the then-director of the Victoria & Albert Museum as “irrelevant notes and diagrams in red chalk” were recently revealed to represent Leonardo da Vinci’s first record of the laws of friction.

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Post image for Glenn Adamson on New York and London’s Distinct Museum Cultures

Glenn Adamson recently stepped down from his directorship at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in Manhattan’s Columbus Circle, after serving that position for a little less than three years.

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Post image for How Sketchy Is the V&A’s “No Sketching” Policy?

People are up in arms about signs at the Victoria and Albert Museum banning not just photography but also sketching in its latest temporary exhibition, Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear.

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Post image for British Photo Community Protests Victoria & Albert’s Acquisition of Regional Archive

A recent decision by trustees of Britain’s Science Museum Group (SMG) to transfer around 400,000 photographs from the National Media Museum (NMM) in Bradford to the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&H) in London has received outcry from over 80 top photographers, curators, museum administrators, and others.

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Post image for The Kimono, Examined: A New Book and a Definitive Collection

In the West, is there any garment more elegant than a tuxedo, one that makes its wearer, no matter what size or age, almost always look (and feel) great? In the East — specifically, in Japan — the kimono may be a similar, inestimable costume.

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Post image for Victoria & Albert Amasses World’s Largest Photography Collection at Regional Museum’s Expense

Last week, the Science Museum Group (SMG) and the Victoria and Albert Museum announced what they deemed “a historic agreement”: 400,000 objects from SMG’s three-million-strong photography collection, held at the National Media Museum in Bradford, England, will be moved to London’s V&A.

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Post image for Design Your Own Marie Antoinette–Style Wig with the V&A’s Addictive New Game

More so than the mulleted glam rockers of the 1980s or the beehive-wearing divas of the ’60s, 18th-century Europeans were the queens of Big Hair.

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News

Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on October 13, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: Elizabeth Hurley sets off alarms at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Florida man’s giant chair sculpture angers neighbors, and Egyptian museum project under investigation for embezzlement.

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Post image for An Addictive Experiment in Annotating Footage from a London Street

In 1974, French writer Georges Perec’s “An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris” is part of the inspiration behind Kyle McDonald’s new online interactive Exhausting a Crowd.

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Post image for For #MuseumWeek, Institutions Share Their Secrets Online

What are museums hiding in their pasts and inside their collection storage vaults? Some of those secrets (or just lesser-known facts) are being shared by institutions around the world this Museum Week through the hashtag #secretsmw.

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