Posted on May 17, 2010
Sculpture, fashion, antique furniture, photography, drawing, jewelry, pottery. The permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London includes million pieces spanning eras, cultures and continents.
It is impossible to traverse in a day. Or in a week. And is that the numbers of Victoria & Albert Museum (V & A) in London speak for themselves: 4.5 million parts, 145 galleries and 5000 years of history and world culture scattered within its walls and windows.
He is considered the museum world's largest decorative art and since its founding in 1852, has been expanding in every way: size, collections, topics and number of annual visitors.
Located on informally known as "Albertopolis" (in the district of South Kensington) area, the V & A is at the center of an area with intense cultural activity. Very close to him are the Museum of Natural History, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Geographical Society, among other important galleries.
All to see
Of the permanent collections of the V & A include transferable Le Corbusier and Marcel Breuer, about 10 thousand objects of gold and silver (from different periods and geographies) and goldsmith work of the sixteenth century (Nicholas Hillliard thumbnails, for example).
In the photography section, the V & A boasts a remarkable variety of authors and styles. There appear, among others, works by French Henri Cartier-Bresson (who covered the Spanish Civil War), about 8000 Cecil Beaton and negatives of various works of Gustave Le Gray and Fox Talbot (precursor of photogenic drawings).
As sculptures, some of the recurring names in this museum are the Renaissance Benvenuto Cellini, and British Rossellino Antonio Nicholas Stone, Thomas Brock, Lord Leighton and Sir Francis Chantrey.
Until mid-September, the V & A exhibits dozens of garments worn by Grace Kelly.
Fashion at the museum also has a prominent place. Can be seen from a recent collection of British Vivienne Westwood (178 suits) to garments designed by Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy and Coco Chanel.
Now, Grace Kelly
Beyond the permanent collection, the V & A is characterized by a constant renewal of its agenda. Currently, the dresses of the legendary Grace Kelly-the reality and fiction-are on display through Sept. 16.