The V&A Opens Two Must-See Exhibitions

The V&A is the place to go to this autumn to see two stunning exhibitions on pearls and Chinese paintings

The Victoria & Albert Museum is always a treasure trove of visual inspiration but this autumn it is firmly on the list of the must-visit places, thanks to two extraordinary exhibitions. Pearls, which opened on 21 September, explores the history, myths and legends of this marine jewel – and celebrates their breathtaking beauty. Masterpieces of Chinese Painting, which opens on 26 October, tracks how Chinese art evolved during the course of 1200 years (from 700 to 1900). The exhibition showcases more than 70 masterpieces, some of which have never been seen in the UK before. The V&A shop also stocks a range of jewels, books and fashion accessories inspired by the exhibitions.
Image: 2013 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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