V&AAF visit to London
In June 2011, members of the V&AAF held their inaugural trip to London. Each of the three days were devoted to a different aspect of the Museum’s diverse character with additional special access to some extraordinary private collections.
To tie-in with the V&A’s headline exhibition The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900, the group attended a private tour of the exhibition out of hours; saw some true masterpieces of the period in a private collection; had a drinks reception and tour at Leighton House as well as a fantastic evening in the Ladies’ Smoking Room at the newly refurbished and recently opened St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.
To tie-in with other parts of the V&A’s extraordinary collections, visits to the V&A’s contemporary galleries were followed by tours of some of London’s leading artist and architect studios, including Antony Gormley, Tom Dixon and Foster + Partners. In addition, the V&AAF group attended private tours of the V&A’s world-class Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, its world-renowned conservation studios and the homes of celebrated art collectors.
The trip was a tremendous success and we look forward to planning more for the future.
Dr Christine Checinska, Senior Curator of African and African Diaspora Fashion at the V&A, and Ernestine White-Mifetu, Sills Foundation Curator of African Art at the…
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V&A Curators Corinna Gardner and Johanna Agerman Ross gave the V&AAF a virtual preview of the newly refurbished 20th and 21st century galleries, Design: 1900-Now.