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  • Installation view of 'What is Luxury' a the V&A. Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

What is Luxury? launches at the V&A

Crafts Council and Victoria and Albert Museum partnership exhibition launches

Installation view of 'What is Luxury' a the V&A. Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The great and the good descended on the Victoria and Albert Museum last night to launch the Crafts Council’s third partnership exhibition What is Luxury? 
 
To mark the occasion Martin Roth, director of the V&A, emphasised the importance of the collaboration between the museum and the Crafts Council and its previous successes Out of the Ordinary and Power of Making. The Crafts Council’s Rosy Greenlees explained that together the trio of exhibitions mapped a future landscape for making, offering trajectories of craft before continuing, ‘Luxury, like craft, is a fluid term and a relative one at that. It is really only enjoyed when it is rare. Here we see Makers as Heroes. Why spend 2,500 hours making the Golden Fleece Headpiece by Giovanni Corvaja or Nora Foks stunning neckpiece? Because they can! Craft is about the fundamentals of life, it reminds us of our humanity.’

Installation view of 'What is Luxury' a the V&A. Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Installation view of 'What is Luxury' a the V&A. Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

To celebrate What is Luxury?, Crafts magazine have produced a special Luxury edition of their May/June issue, exploring craft’s complex relationship with luxury. This includes contributions from journalist and broadcaster, Paul Mason, V&A curators, Jana Scholze and Leanne Wierzba, and Head of Exhibitions and Collections at the Crafts Council, Annabelle Campbell.

What is Luxury? is at the V&A from 24 April to 27 September 2015.

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