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Martin Roth resigns from the V&A Museum to enter politics in Germany

The director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Martin Roth, has announced his resignation, largely due to what he calls the “horrible” Brexit vote. Roth has held this position since 2011, notching up a few successes for the institution, which is a recipient of the prestigious Art Fund Museum of the Year Prize. Martin Roth will now turn to a political career in his country of birth, Germany. In an interview with Die Spiegel, Roth nevertheless declared that he would not be siding with any particular political party. He just has been elected as the chairman of the Stuttgart Institute for Foreign Cultural...

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V&A’s New Europe 1600-1815 Galleries Completed

On 9 December 2015, the V&A is opening its new suite of galleries dedicated to the arts of living in Europe between 1600 and 1815. This is a major part of the V&A’s ongoing redevelopment programme known as FuturePlan. With Lesley Miller as lead curator, preparation of the reopening has included a full reinterpretation of the collection and many important objects have undergone restoration: several large tapestries have been cleaned in Belgium, including the Gobelins tapestry after the Poussin painting The infant Moses tramples on Pharoah’s crown manufactured in Paris in the 1680s. Most of the items on display were made for patrons of the highest orders of society – princes, duchesses, courtesans, kings and queens. A highlight is a specially commissioned contemporary installation by Cuban collective Los Carpineros, who built a curved architectural sculpture, which forms a ‘room within a room’, seating for around 30 people and room for events, discussions and salons. The £12.5M project completes the restoration of the entire front wing of the museum, which includes seven galleries, for the installation of more than 1,000 treasures from the V&A’s collection of 17th and 18th century European art and design as well as new acquisitions. ZMMA are the architects and exhibition designers for the new galleries. Sir Peter Luff, Chair of Heritage Lottery Fund, who are supporting the project, said “the seven galleries are of international importance meriting dramatic refresh and a complementary programme of activities to attract and inspire a new generation of museum visitors.” FuturePlan aims to create contemporary new settings for the V&A’s collections while restoring much of the building’s original...

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“Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection ” at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

From 21 November 2015- 28 March 2016, the Victora and Albert Museum in London will be exhibiting “Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection”. The exhibition will showcase some spectacular objects taken from a single private collection and will explore the broad themes of traditions and modernity in Indian jewellery. Highlights of the collection include Mughal jades, which is a rare jewelled gold finial from the throne of Tipu Sultan, as well as pieces that reveal the dramatic changes that took place in Indian jewellery design during the early 20th century. It will explore India’s influence on the avant-garde European jewellery made by Cartier and other leading houses and the exhibition will finish with contemporary pieces made by JAR and Bhagat, which are inspired by a creative fusion of Mughal motifs and Art Deco “Indian” designs. Wartski, founded a 150 years ago in North Wales, are sponsoring this exhibition of jewellery to celebrate its anniversary. Wartski is a family business specialising in goldsmiths’ work, antique jewellery and Russian works of...

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Constable re-examined at the V&A

“Contstable: The Making of a Master”, an exhibition at the V&A in London from 20 September until 11 January 2015, will present works by the renowned landscape painter alongside those of the Masters who influenced his work. Over 150 works will be shown, encompassing a variety of forms including oil sketches, drawings, watercolours and engravings, revealing much about the artist’s methods and techniques. Other artists displayed alongside Constable will include Ruisdael, Rubens and Claude Lorrain, from whom Constable learned much about the formal values of landscape painting. Constable’s work transformed the genre of landscape painting, being one of the first painters to paint directly from nature as opposed to his imagination, resulting in pieces which capture the effects of the open air and light on the English countryside. The Director of the V&A, Martin Roth, said of the exhibition that it “refreshes our understanding of his work and creative influence. It shows that Constable’s art, so well-loved and familiar to many of us, still delivers surprises.”...

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Art and Rebellion: “Disobedient Objects” at V&A Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, is to host the exhibition “Disobedient Objects” from 26 July 2014 to 1 February 2015. Focusing on 1970s to the present day — a period which saw the birth of modern technologies and political challenges —, the exhibition highlights the role of art and design in movements of social change. Featuring rare objects that have never been seen inside a museum — including protest robots, a Suffragette tea service, and political video games — the exhibition demonstrates how rebellion and political activism can lead to collective...

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