VICTORIA & ALBERT

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It is so definitely not just another museum. 

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I like the idea of London. I like the promise of literature and scones, and the running around chasing tubes. I like the gloomy weather that doesn't make you gloomy at all. The best book shops, vintage furnitures, undiscovered designer brands. The fountain of great writers and love stories. Theatres, photo galleries, museums. I feel like ever since I moved, there was never a moment I felt uninspired. 

Even though this is my 4th time here at V&A, it's still pretty incredible to see all the collections from across the world. Europe, Africa, Korea, Japan, just to bring up a few. Name it, and you shall find it. Honestly the place is so huge that I haven't actually covered everything yet. I so distinctly remember, five months ago, standing in the sculpture section and gasped. The woman next to me gave me the look. The facial expression as if I'm some cliché actress with the hidden camera at the corner. Okay, perhaps to her, it's nothing, it's just another museum.

It is so definitely not just another museum. 

一直都有人問說為什麼我這麼喜歡倫敦。仔細想想,要我特別舉例還真有點困難。喜歡文學創意,喜歡司康和下午茶,喜歡每天忙碌搭地鐵的日子。天氣或許比起澳洲陰雨許多,但倒也不至於令人感到不適。喜歡每個週末逛不完的書店和市集、復古傢俱、獨立設計師品牌。喜歡到處都能遇到的作家、攝影師和畫家;喜歡劇院、藝廊和博物館。我想,若真要我為這個題目舉出一個確切的答案,那我喜歡的是倫敦給人的靈感,總是那麼源源不絕。

稍微算一下,發現這是我第四次到位於倫敦 South Kensington 的 Victoria & Albert Museum。在這裏看到的不只是歐洲的藝術和設計,連非洲或是日本韓國等等國家的收藏也很齊全。範圍橫跨畫作、雕刻、玻璃藝術、服裝甚至到科技類都有。我還記得幾個月前第一次到 V&A 的時候,因為是第一次看見如此多樣的雕像雕刻,發出了有點誇張的驚呼,身旁的英倫老奶奶還看了我一眼,可能心想,不就在博物館嗎?怎麼這麼驚訝?(笑)

這裏,不單單只是博物館。

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V&A is a place of communication, a portal to the depths of designs, arts, history and decoration. Meaning a full collection of things you actually see in your life. The journey from mobile phone to smartphones, for example. I mean, how fascinating is that? Picture this, a museum not only with pieces that are so beautiful that you actually have to stare and study the small information card aside, also with those you can easily understand but still left with a grin.

V&A 除了有令人屏息的畫作,更多的是我們在日常生活用品的演變史,從手機,茶壺、和各類的服飾裝飾,都被小心翼翼收藏著,讓來訪的人能夠親眼見證,設計與美學並不是邀遠的空談,其實這些巧思往往就在我們的身邊。這也是我這麼喜歡這裡的原因,因為時常能看見讓人會心一笑的設計,比起高深莫測的藝術品,我更愛這類的展示。

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There weren't many people that day when I came to shoot. Thanks to my amazing timetable this term. Monday and Tuesday off! I must say the Victoria and Albert Museum is officially my favourite museum in London so far. And I'd like to encourage all you Londoners to head over there. 

It's good to know we'll always have Victoria & Albert.  Wishing you all a good day from München. x

帶著相機出發為文章做準備的時候,心理暗自祈禱,不要有太多人潮。幸運地,有別以往,星期二早晨的人不多,逛起來很舒服。V&A 可以說是我在倫敦目前最喜歡的博物館,在倫敦或是有機會到倫敦的人,不要錯過了。花一個下午,來這裡走走,累了再到館內的咖啡廳吃點點心。那裡也很美喔,但就不分享照片了,讓大家去探索吧(笑)

祝大家有個美好的一天。現在人其實在德國慕尼黑呢,等不及回去與大家分享這次的旅程了!