Introducing The Sir Elton John And David Furnish Gallery At The Victoria And Albert Museum | Alternative Fruit
What was once known as Gallery 101 at the hugely loved V&A Museum in London has been reworked to become an incredible collection of photographs. Its namesakes, celebrity couple Sir Elton John and David Furnish, have been involved from the beginning. It's a little known piece of trivia that since 1991, Sir Elton has been collecting photography. He loves the medium and truly enjoys investing in works by celebrated photographers from across the history of the art.
Alongside some 800,000 photographs from the V&A's own vaults, a princely fraction of Sir Elton John's private collection of thousands will also be on display. The pair are working on a co-curated exhibition that speaks to them, and hopefully communicates their humanity to the rest of us. We're all interested in how it feels to be a star, and what kind of things create intrigue for them. Checking out collections administered by celebrities gives us a unique insight into their personal space.
Elton's photograph collection is one of the largest and most extensive private holdings on the planet. He proudly owns originals by masters such as André Kertész, Dorothea Lange, Man Ray, and Edward Steichen plus examples of some of the most contemporary and modern templates in the making such as Cindy Sherman and Alex Prager. Sir Elton and David really wanted to show off a wide variety of works that speak to as many people as possible. This means choosing perspectives and attitudes from a whole array of minds, some of which may not agree with our own.
It's important to the couple to help out with the public showing of art, this gallery is just one of a long list of philanthropic ventures undertaken by the singer-songwriter and his husband. The pair first came into photographic contact with the V&A back in 2014 when they lent a generous selection from the collection for a temporary exhibit. Now with a more permanent fixture in place, they were on the tip of the tongue as to who to ask for working to create something iconic and lasting. With passion and clout, nothing can stop Sir Elton John (signed stuff) and David Furnish from living their dream of educating wide audiences and nurturing an interest in the medium of photography.
" Just in time for his farewell world tour, this lavish, unofficial retrospective commemorates Elton's incredible life and career."
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