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V & A Museum Releases Tickets for Pioneering Balenciaga Exhibition

THE VICTORIA and Albert Museum has announced the innovative Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion exhibition that will open this spring. Focusing on exploring Balenciaga’s continuous creative impact the showcase will dissect his most prolific period – the 1950s and ‘60s. Showcasing 100 garments, 20 hats and numerous archive sketches, patterns, photographs, fabric samples and catwalk footage the retrospective will offer a unique insight into the working life of Cristobal Balenciaga, one of the most influential designers in modern history.

CIS:T.435-1985La Tulipe evening dress, gazar, Balenciaga for EISA, Spain, 1965 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The first of its kind exhibition will also feature a fascinating study of the designer’s creations, conducted with the use of xray technology which V&A has deployed in order to scrutinise some of Balenciaga’s most famous pieces. The images have been created by Nick Veasey and then digitalised and animated with the help of London College of Fashion students.

alberta-tiburzi-in-envelope-dress-by-cristobal-balenciaga-harpers-bazaar-june-1967-hiro-1967Alberta Tiburzi in envelope dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Harper’s Bazaar, June 1967 © Hiro 1967

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion will present designer’s own pieces alongside those of his protégées as well as contemporary designers who emulate his working ethics and are inspired by him, including works by Molly Goddard, Demna Gvasalia and J.W. Anderson.

T.146-1998 Hat Balenciaga, Cristóbal Spain 1962 silkSpiral hat, silk, Balenciaga for Eisa, Spain, 1962 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

by Magda McCrimmon

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion runs from May 27,  2017 – February 18, 2018.
Tickets and further details are available here.

Magnum Photos Pinpoints Decisive Moments with Square Print Project

INSPIRED by a theory from the history of photography, Magnum Photos launch their Square Print Project in commemoration of the Magnum Photos co-founders, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, David Seymour and George Rodger. A selection of high quality limited prints of classical and contemporary photography by leading Magnum photographers includes work by Martin Parr, Alex Webb, René Burri, Elliott Erwitt, Tim Hetherington, Newsha Tavakollian, Peter van Agtmael and Eve Arnold.


(in text) MAGNUM PHOTOSBrazil. Amazonas. Leticia, The Amazon river, 1966. Photograph: Bruno Barbey/Magnum Photos

What defines the decisive moment? For American photographer, Alex Webb, it was the advent of Kodachrome, the film quality that  enabled him to capture the Amazon’s warm, muddy waters.


photography, classical, contemporaryCuba Havana, 1993. Photograph: Alex Webb/Magnum Photos

In contrast, Martin Parr describes his decisive moment as belonging to the Brighton Swimming Club as they waited to brave the unforgiving chill of the English Channel on a blustery day. However, decisive moments for Jonas Bendiksen are defined by immediacy in preparation and only achieved when the shutter is open.


photography, classical, contemporaryGermany. West Berlin. The Fall of the Berlin Wall.. East Berliners crossing into the West, in the
immediate aftermath of the opening of the Berlin Wall atCheckpoint Charlie at Midnight on November 9, 1989.
Photograph: Mark Power/Magnum Photos

by Miranda Charalambous

Signed copies of prints are available to buy from the Magnum Photos Online Shop until June 10, 2016  here

Front page image: Iran. Mahmoudabad. Caspian Sea, 2011. Imaginary CD cover for Sahar. Photograph: Newsha  Tavakolian/Magnum Photos

Beirut’s New Art Museum Named

THE contemporary museum in Beirut has been named the Beirut Museum of Art (BeMA) by the Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts (APEAL), a non-profit organisation that supports the work of artists both from the Lebanon and internationally. The institution is to be built on a site owned by the Université Saint-Joseph within an historic area of the city known as the Museum Mile and will exhibit work from Lebanese, Middle Eastern and international artists.

Beirut Art Museum Front pageSite for Building. Photograph: Roger Moukarzel

In April, 13 architectural firms were short-listed for the new design by an independent jury of internationally acclaimed experts chaired by Peter Palumbo who commended the submissions as “strong and varied”. The winning design, to be announced this autumn, should reflect the Museum’s values for “openness, inclusion, and accessibility”, providing an appropriate platform for the engagement of diverse cultures and traditions.

Beirut Art Museum Front pageMyriam’s Boulos Photography Project for Works on Paper. Photo RMAR

The BeMA has already collaborated with TAP, Temporary. Art. Platform to co-ordinate RMAR, an artist in residence programme and is currently presenting Works on Paper, a programme comprising 12 artist interventions designed to assist Lebanese artists in reaching a global network.

by Miranda Charalambous

Fun and Board Games Come to the Museum of Childhood

CATHERINE Howell, curator of the hugely popular Magic Worlds mounts a display of board games at the  V & A Museum of Childhood later this year. The exhibition traces the evolution of their design from antiquity to the electronic gaming of the present day, culminating in an intriguing participatory game for all.

MISC.161-1983 Board game - The Alice Through The Looking Glass Chess Set; carved & painted wood; made by Robin Dale & Neil Dale; U.K.; 1983.Alice in Wonderland chess set by Robin and Nell Dale, England, 1983.
Photograph © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Family favourites such as Monopoly and Cluedo and enchanting games from the 18th and 19th centuries are displayed in an array of exhibits from around the world. This exhibition highlights the lasting legacy of historical board games and their value as important cultural, geographical and even scientific resources. It also focuses on the role of design as a visual stimulus and marketing strategy, and examines their enduring appeal today.

Resize PandemicPandemic by Matt Leacock, USA, 2008.
Photograph © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

by Miranda Charalambous

Game Plan, Board Games Rediscovered opens on October 8, 2016  and is on until April 23, 2017 at the  V & A Museum of Childhood, London