In June 2011, the American Friends of the V&A held their inaugural trip to London. They devoted each of the three days to a different aspect of the Museum’s diverse character with additional special access to some extraordinary private collections.
To tie-in with the V&A’s headline exhibition The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900 the group attended a private tour of the exhibition out of hours; saw some true masterpieces of the period in a private collection; had a drinks reception and tour at Leighton House as well as a fantastic evening in the Ladies’ Smoking Room at the newly refurbished and recently opened St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.
To tie-in with other parts of the V&A’s extraordinary collections, visits to the V&A’s contemporary galleries were followed by tours of some of London’s leading artist and architect studios, including Antony Gormley, Tom Dixon and Foster + Partners. In addition, the AFV&A group attended private tours of the V&A’s world-class Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, its world-renowned conservation studios and the homes of celebrated art collectors.
The trip was a tremendous success and we look forward to planning more for the future.