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Collecting Spain: Spanish Decorative Arts in Britain and Spain

8 Jun - 9 Jun

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Victoria & Albert Museum

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London

Two-day conference focusing on the V&A’s and Britain collections of Spanish Ceramics, Fashion, Furniture, Metalwork, Sculpture and Textiles.

Spanish art has been collected in the UK since the 17th century. This conference will explore collecting practices, attitudes and perceptions towards Spanish decorative arts in Britain and Spain, and how these attitudes influenced the development of museums and museum collections, both in Britain and Spain.

Programme:

Coordinators: Ana Cabrera and Lesley Miller

Subject: Spanish art has been collected in the UK since the 17th century. This conference will explore collecting practices, attitudes to and perceptions of Spanish decorative arts in Britain and Spain, and how these attitudes influenced the development of museums and museum collections in both countries. The case studies will be drawn from the V&A and Spanish museum collections.
The conference is organized in joint sessions dealing with the same subject from Spanish and then British perspectives. The first day considers the collecting of particular media, while the second day focuses on the dissemination, display and conservation of these collections. The conference will include poster session during the coffee breaks.
Opening remarks on the history of collecting Spanish Decorative Arts by medium

o Collecting, Display & Dissemination: the changing face of the decorative arts collection at South Kensington (1852-1873), Dr Susanna Avery-Quash (Senior Research Curator, History of Collecting, National Gallery)
o Ceramics: Lusterware:
▪ M. Rosser-Owen (Asian Department, V&A): Collecting Spanish lustreware by the Victoria and Albert Museum
▪ Jaume Coll (Museo Nacional de Cerámica, Valencia): A survey and history of
collecting Spanish Decorative Arts: Lusterware

o Textiles:
▪ Ana Cabrera (Marie S.-Curie Fellow, V&A): Following the thread: collecting Spanish textiles at the Victoria and Albert Museum Spanish case
▪ Silvia Carbonell (Centro de Documentación Museo Textil, Tarrasa): Textile
collecting in Catalonia

o Silver:
▪ Kirstin Kennedy (Metalwork Department, V&A): The Scholar, the scoundrel and the skater: How the V&A collections of Hispanic silver were formed
▪ Jesús Rivas (Universidad de Murcia): Collecting Spanish silverwork

o Furniture:
▪ Nick Humphrey (Furniture, Textiles and Fashion department, V&A): Collecting Spanish Furniture, Woodwork and Leatherwork, 1850-1950
▪ Sofía Rodríguez (Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, Madrid): Collecting Spanish Furniture in Madrid (1880-1920)

o Sculpture and Plaster Cast:
▪ Xavier Bray (Wallace Collection): A Vogue for St Francis
▪ Holly Trusted (Sculpture Department, V&A): Spanish Monuments Displayed at
South Kensington: Raising the profile of Spanish Art through Plaster Casts
▪ Maria Bolaños (Museo Nacional de Escultura, Valladolid): Electrical treasuries: the Decorative Arts collection from Antiquity at the Museo Nacional de Reproducciones (1881-1915)

o Fashion:
▪ Oriole Cullen (Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department, V&A): Fashion and Spain at the Victoria and Albert Museum
▪ Helena López del Hierro (Museo del Traje, Madrid): From Dress to Fashion: the
collection of The Museo del Traje

Displaying, interpreting and conserving collections of Spanish decorative arts

o Displaying Decorative Arts in Britain and Spain. A Comparative Analysis
Isabel Rodríguez (Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, Madrid)

o 20th century Galleries at the V&A
Corinna Gardner and J ohanna Agerman Ross (Design, Architecture and Digital, V&A)

o Spain in the Europe 1600-1815 Galleries
Lesley Miller (Furniture, Textiles and Fashion, V&A)

o The Conservation of the Cast Courts. New discoveries on the Spanish Casts
Victor Borges (Conservation Department, V&A)

o Closing speaker: In the Shadow of Louis-Philippe: Building a Spanish Gallery in County Durham
Dr Edward Payne (Head Curator: Spanish Art, Auckland Castle)

Closing remarks: Joanna Norman, Head of the Victoria and Albert Research Institute (VARI)

Details

Start:
8 Jun
End:
9 Jun
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Website:
https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/rR6NNqRe/collecting-spain

Venue

Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London, SW7 2RL United Kingdom
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Website:
https://www.vam.ac.uk/