I’m a huge fan of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London having visited on many occasions over the years. I reckon it’s one of the best museums in Europe. My most recent visit was in November 2011.
Exterior of V&A
The ceramic staircase is really beautiful.
Ceramic staircase at V&A
I was entranced by the glass exhibition, particularly the green glass balustrade leading to a mezzanine gallery.
Green glass balustrade at V&A
The colourful piece below was like a shimmering giant clam shell.
Glass exhibit at V&A
I had a quick walk through the Silver exhibition and spotted a wine cooler which was the size of small bath tub.
Giant wine cooler at V&A
The Art Deco frieze pictured below was an adornment of the Royal Doulton ceramics HQ in London until the building was demolished in 1978 and the frieze moved to the V&A.
Doulton frieze at V&A
Althought it was November the weather was so mild that I was able to sit out in the garden to eat my sandwiches.
Garden at V&A
The Private Eye exhibition was recommended to me on Twitter and it was hilarious. There were lots of Private Eye front covers; the funniest one was Tony Blair at the side of patient’s bed in an NHS hospital, reassuring the patient that a spin doctor would be with her soon. Unfortunately you’re not allowed to take photos at the temporary exhibitions.
I also visited the PostModerism: Style & Subversion 1970-1990 exhibition, which runs until 25 January 2012. It’s strange because when you live through a period you often don’t analyse what’s going around you because you’re too absorbed in your everyday life.
I read that the V&A is open until 22.00 on Fridays, I wish all museums had late night opening, on different nights of the week, so you could have a more leisurely day sightseeing instead of having to rush around attractions.
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