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WHAT'S ON AT THE V&A IN NOVEMBER 2003

GOTHIC: Art for England 1400-1547 TO 18 JANUARY 2004

The Victoria and Albert Museum will open its major autumn exhibition, Gothic: Art for England 1400-1547, on 9th October showing for the first time the glory of late medieval art from the reign of Henry IV to the reign of Henry VIII. The exhibition is the successor to the acclaimed Age of Chivalry (1200-1400) at the Royal Academy in 1987/88.

The V&A Gothic exhibition covers the period brought to life by Shakespeare's great history plays such as Henry V and Richard III, a period that evokes Agincourt, war with France, the Wars of the Roses and a time of English insularity. The exhibition will show, by contrast, how against this backdrop, the huge wealth and extensive patronage of monarchs, aristocrats, the Church and merchants made the late medieval years one of the richest periods for the arts in England. Fires, war, and the Reformation have destroyed much of the art of the period making the surviving art and artefacts extremely rare. The exhibition brings together a superb collection of surviving treasures with more than 300 objects including tapestries, manuscripts, sculptures, paintings, armour, jewellery, gold and silver chalices and reliquaries, plate, altarpieces, tomb effigies and stained glass.

Highlights include: the funerary helmet, shield and sword of Henry V; the crown of Margaret of York (sister of Edward IV), which has been in Germany for 500 years; the gold Reliquary of the Order of St.-Esprit owned by the wife of Henry IV and lent by the Louvre; a monumental stained-glass window from St. Mary's, Fairford; an early edition of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales printed by William Caxton in 1483; the gold and enamel Dunstable Swan Jewel; the silver salt and beautifully detailed silver-gilt crosier of the fabulously wealthy Bishop Fox, Bishop of Winchester, one of only three surviving late medieval silver crosiers.

GOTHIC LIFE * STUDY DAYS
SATURDAY 29 AND SUNDAY 30 NOVEMBER,
11.00-17.00

In the beautiful setting of the V&A tapestries gallery, explore the life of upper class people in the fifteenth century including presentations on luxury crafts, feasting, armour and daily life, as well as musical entertainment. Free.

OPENING
NEW PAINTINGS GALLERIES
OPENING 26 NOVEMBER 2003

The V&A will this autumn display 200 works from its extensive paintings collection in a new suite of five galleries. These galleries were originally built to house the Museum's paintings collection during the 1850 and 1860s. On display will be Constable's revolutionary oil sketches donated to the Museum by the artist's daughter, landscapes by Constable, Turner and Gainsborough, and famous works by Blake, Landseer and Millais. One room will be devoted entirely to the collection of Constantine Ionides, a leading Victorian collector and friend of Rossetti who collected European Old Masters and nineteenth century paintings. To mark the opening of the new galleries, the National Museum, Liverpool is lending one of the greatest pre-Raphaelite paintings, 'Isabella' (1848) by Millais. The painting, once part of the Ionides collection, will be on display until the end of January 2004.

MISSONI FASHION IN MOTION
RAPHAEL GALLERY
28 NOVEMBER 2003, 13.30, 16.00, 19.00 & 20.30

The V&A will be staging a series of exclusive catwalk shows of designs by leading Italian fashion house Missoni this November. Missoni, which celebrates 50 years in the industry this year, will bring the vibrant colours of Italy to the V&A as creations from past and present are modelled against the magnificent backdrop of the museum. A truly family business, Missoni was established in 1953 by Rosita and Tai Missoni. The label is now in the hands of their three children who have used stylish innovation to keep Missoni at the forefront of fashion design. Missoni's knitwear creations are instantly recognisable by their distinctive rainbow stripes and zigzags. From swimwear and handbags to trousers and dresses, their designs are a wonderful combination of colour and texture. The Missoni Fashion in Motion is part of an Italian Evening, hosted by the V&A in collaboration with The Italian Board of Trade and the Italian Cultural Institute of London.

CONTINUING
ZOOMORPHIC
CONTEMPORARY SPACE
18 SEPTEMBER 2003 - 4 JANUARY 2004

Today's leading architects from Santiago Calatrava and Frank Gehry to Will Alsop and Norman Foster are being inspired by animal forms to take modern architecture in an exciting new direction. Not since the emergence of Art Nouveau a century ago has there been such an eruption of new building inspired by the natural world. It has been made possible by new building materials, computer design software, brilliant structural engineers and the suspension of the old rules of architectural good taste. Zoomorphic pulls together the worldwide buildings and projects which are in the vanguard of this new movement, and explores it by displaying architectural models and photographs alongside skeletons and stuffed specimens. Projects featured include Santiago Calatrava's Milwaukee Art Museum, which rises over its city like a bird with wings outstretched; Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners' Waterloo International Terminal, whose glazing panels are articulated like the scales of creatures such as lizards or pangolins; and Foster and Partners' Swiss Re London office tower, where not only the appearance but the structure and even the ventilation system bear analogy with sea sponges.

OSSIE CLARK
15 July * 2 May 2004

The V&A celebrates the work of Ossie Clark, one of the most influential British fashion designers of the '60s and '70s. This mini-retrospective, featuring more than 60 garments, along with sketchbooks and photographs, covers the period 1965-1974 when Clark's designs helped define the spirit of fashionable London. From the maxi skirt to the 'nude' look and the trouser suit, Clark's designs set new trends. In addition, his collaboration with his wife, the textile and interior designer Celia Birtwell, resulted in some of his best known and most popular creations.

Ossie Clark was a key figure in the world of photographers, designers, rock stars and other celebrities who took London by storm in the '60s and '70s. The famous and the fashionable wore Ossie Clark's designs including Marianne Faithfull, Jimi Hendrix and Patti Boyd. He created jumpsuits for Mick Jagger, silk dresses for Bianca Jagger and dressed Eartha Kitt in snakeskin. Fashion icons like Twiggy, Veruschka, Jean Shrimpton and Penelope Tree modelled the clothes while David Bailey and Guy Bourdin took the photographs. Celebrity outfits in the show include Twiggy's fur-lined snakeskin coat, the dress Celia Birtwell posed in for David Hockney's famous double portrait 0Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy and Talhlita Getty's red crpe evening dress.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY
ALFRED STIEGLITZ: GIFTS FROM THE GEORGIA O'KEEFFE FOUNDATION
10 NOVEMBER * 10 MARCH 2004

The special display in November will present 23 photographs and photogravures by Alfred Stieglitz from the Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation. The collection is a significant gift of modern photographs taken from the 1890s through to 1936. It includes portraits of Georgia O'Keeffe and examples of earlier works.

The new Photography Gallery highlights works from the V&A's world-renowned photography collection, shows displays of images by major photographers and features new acquisitions.

EVENTS AT THE V&A
FESTIVAL OF LIGHT
SATURDAY 29 & SUNDAY 30 NOVEMBER

A celebration of the significance of light for different cultures and faiths through such festivals as Diwali, Eid, Candlemas, Hanukka and Chinese New Year. Events include greeting card and lantern-making workshops; storytelling, meditation, dance and music workshops; an intercultural performance of devotional dance and music; gallery trails on diverse religions and gallery talks on the V&A's sacred objects.

NEW DIMENSIONS: CONTEMPORAY PRINTMAKING
THURSDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2003, 10.30-17.00.

A study day with artist Tracey Emin in conversation with Carl Freedman and Rebecca Hossack. Fees: Students: 10, Full price: 36, disabled people and ES40: 5 . Call the bookings office at + 44 (0)20 7942 2211 or e-mail bookings.office@vam.ac.uk.

KIDS AT THE V&A
Activity Back-Packs Every Saturday
10.30-17.00

Children can hoist a Back-Pack on their shoulders and embark upon an adventure across the Museum. Back-Pack tours are full of exciting hands-on activities related to the collections. There are eight Back-Packs to choose from: Chinese Treasures, Metal Detector, The Explorer, The Antique Detective, Magic Glasses, Fancy Furnishings, Murder Mystery and The Emperor's Party. Activities can last 30-45 minutes. For children aged 5-12 years.

The Activity Cart
Every Sunday 10.30 *17.00

Explore the Museum's collections through drawing and making activities. The Activity Cart is sited in a different gallery each weekend. Loaded with a huge variety of activities ranging from making mosaics in the Sculpture Gallery to designing a kimono in the Japanese Gallery. Activities are suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

GENERAL INFORMATION FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL. The V&A is open daily 10am - 5.45pm and until 10pm on Wednesdays. The nearest underground station is South Kensington (Piccadilly, District and Circle lines). For general information call 020 7942 2000. Website: http://www.vam.ac.uk

V&A BRANCHES MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD AT BETHNAL GREEN TEDDY BEAR STORY *
100 YEARS OF THE TEDDY BEAR
29 March * 31 December

Teddy Bear Story * 100 years of the Teddy Bear celebrates our ongoing affection for the teddy bear. Taking place at the Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green, part of the V&A, it is the most comprehensive exhibition being staged to commemorate the teddy bear centenary.

Highlights include: Celebrity bears * including Rupert, Paddington, Winnie the Pooh, Sooty and Aloysius from Brideshead Revisited. Some of the oldest surviving bears feature alongside newer creations such as Philippe Starck's contemporary teddy bear. Interactive and fun displays demonstrate the hallmarks of individual manufacturers, and also highlight the roles played by teddy bears in television, books, music, cartoons and charities. Children are encouraged to draw and follow trails as they learn about the history of the teddy bear.

EVENTS DOLLS' HOUSE DAY
SATURDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2003

The Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green in east London, home to one of the finest collections of dolls' houses in the UK, is organising a Dolls' House Day. The day will consist of two talks aimed at adults and older children interested in dolls' houses. One will be given by Olivia Bristol, looking at the social history of dolls' houses, the other by Pam Ruddock on restoring dolls' houses. In the Museum's galleries, Halina Pasierbska, the Museum's Curator, will present a display on dolls' house gardens. There will also be a video about restoring dolls' houses and an art & craft activity, aimed at families, making miniature potted plants. The talks are free but numbers are strictly limited and advance booking is essential. For bookings or further information, call Robert Moye on 020 8983 5208.

V&A'S THEATRE MUSEUM IN COVENT GARDEN IT'S A GREAT NIGHT OUT! - THE MAKING OF THE WEST END 1843 - 2010
A mini-exhibition charting the history of London's West End with models of theatres from Victorian times to today including models of new plans for Cameron Mackintosh theatres.

please contact the V&A Press Office. Telephone: (020) 7942 2502 Fax: (020) 7942 2496.

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