Friday, 8 April 2011

MoDA features in 'Cult of Beauty' exhibition

Right now at MoDA we're feeling a bit sad, since this is the last day we're open to the public in this building.  But at the same time we're excited about the fact that some of our objects are featuring in a major new show at the V&A Museum in London.

'The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement in Britain, 1860-1900' opened this week, and includes four objects from our Silver Studio Collection.  Two are designs by Arthur Silver, plus one of our Japanese katagami stencils, and a design for a textile or wallpaper produced from the same stencil.

We're looking forward to visiting the exhibition ourselves, and can't wait to experience our objects in such a grand setting.

These objects originally featured in MoDA's Japantastic exhibition (September '09 - August '10)

Arthur Silver opened his London-based design studio in 1880, twenty years after the Aesthetic Movement emerged in Britain. An admiration and appreciation of Japanese art and design had become strongly associated with the Aesthetic Movement during that time, and Arthur Silver shared this passion for all things Japanese.

For further details of the Cult of Beauty exhibition see the V&A website


  1. Lovely to see MoDA blogging and I will pop over to see your pieces in the V&A - any excuse.

    Hope the move goes well - is the collection accessible at all at the moment and will it go in to hiding for a period?

  2. The collections won't be accessible between now and about October. During this time we'll be packing and checking everything to make sure we don't mislay anything in transit. We're also working on the relaunch of the website, so there's plenty going on behind the scenes. Follow this blog for regular updates!

  3. Hi everyone at MoDA. I really like your blog and it's great to hear about your plans and what's going on. Sorry to hear the building is now closed, I always enjoyed visiting, but here's to your next steps and hopefully a world of opportunities.
    All the best
    Alex Goddard - Geffrye Museum

  4. Saw the exhibition at the V&A last week - very excited to see the Silver Studio exhibits. The curator, Dr Esme Whittaker, was guest speaker at the ARLIS AGM and she mentioned the MoDA collections with great enthusiasm. Good luck with the packing up!