London, 24 August 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The BBC and Victoria & Albert Museum have announced a year-long major partnership.
The BBC will programme a series of documentaries dedicated to the British decorative arts. Each series will be composed of three episodes and be aired from Autumn 2011 to Autumn 2012. They will explore ceramic, metal, stained-glass, fabrics and woodworks.
The Victoria and Albert Museum, aka the V&A, was founded in 1852 as the South Kensington Museum, and took its current name in 1899. The museum specialises in the decorative arts and features various objects from Sumerian antiquity to the twenty-first century, such as haute-couture dresses and accessories, furniture, potteries, crystal, tapestries, silverware, toys and statuettes. It showcases a major collection of medieval objects and furniture from Europe, India and the Far East. One of its star pieces is the fifteenth-century Great Bed of Ware.
The V&A wishes to promote its collections and make the country’s history, policy and culture accessible to the public through its objects and via this partnership. The shows will highlight the museum’s curators, collectors and contemporary artists.
BBC 4, that will broadcast the documentaries, will also offer other programmes dedicated to art, music and culture. The first series, about ceramic and stained-glass window, will be aired this autumn.