|by Sean O'Neill||Museums, Europe, United Kingdom, London||4|
The Victoria & Albert Museum re-opens its famous ceramics galleries in a snazzily redesigned space this Friday.
It wasn't easy. Imagine how fearful curators were as they put on display more than 3,200 of the world's most breakable artworks.
Works by Picasso sit alongside 1,000-year old Ming vases, intricate Delft, and sculptures from ancient Egypt.
Curious how cermaics are made? A potter's studio and kiln is available, with classes for interested visitors.
In a clever move, there's a walk-through simulation of the studio of Dame Lucie Rie, one of the greatest potters of the past 100 years. Plus, in a snazzy design move, an external glass walkway links the galleries with the rest of the museum.
The V&A; is the largest museum of decorative and applied arts in the world. It's within easy walking distance of the Natural History Museum, Harrods, and Hyde Park. Opened in 1909, the galleries used to be on the 6th floor in a musty area. The six redesigned galleries now make much better use of skylights and windows, with sunlight bringing out the best colors in the artworks.
Details at the museum's website, www.vam.ac.uk.