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Fragile Beauty at The V&A Museum

The 18th of May 2024 to the 5th of January 2025


Explore the renowned contemporary photography collection of Sir Elton John in the V&A Museum’s bold new exhibition ‘Fragile Beauty’.

  • Art Gallery exhibition Fragile Beauty at the V&A Museum on Cromwell Road
  • The V&A Kensington, Cromwell Road, London
Cromwell Road, Kensington

From The Private Collection Of Sir Elton John, ‘Fragile Beauty’


The 18th of May 2024 to the 5th of January 2025

In a stunning collaboration with Gucci and Sir Elton John, the V&A is proud to present ‘Fragile Beauty’, a follow-up to the Tate Modern’s acclaimed 2016 exhibition, ‘The Radical Eye’. This new iteration delves into the world of photography from the 1950s to the present day, showcasing an unparalleled collection of over 300 rare prints by more than 140 iconic photographers. Visitors will encounter captivating self-portraits by Cindy Sherman and the masterful black and white still-life and nude studies of Robert Mapplethorpe, in this stunning collection centred around love, masculinity and gender. 

Notably, every piece in the exhibition is on loan from the esteemed private collection of Sir Elton John and David Furnish, marking a remarkable 30 years of their dedicated to art collection

Prepare to be mesmerized by iconic works including ‘Self-Portrait’ by Robert Mapplethorpe, an enchanting image exploring male beauty and gender norms,  ‘Simply Fragile’ by Tyler Mitchell, and nostalgic snaps from the nostalgic moments from the last 50 years, including “Untitled, 368, Fire Island Pines’ by Tom Bianchi. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a groundbreaking exploration of photography, directly from the collection of Sir Elton John. The exhibit is expected to continue into 2025, with tickets now available, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. 



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A Stone’s Throw Away: Plan a Relaxing Retreat with The Resident Kensington


After an idyllic afternoon at the V&A Museum, retreat to the comfort of your room at The Resident Kensington, ideally situated just a short walk from Kensington’s bustling museum quarter.

Discover a variety of stylishly furnished rooms with The Resident Kensington, each fitted with your very own mini-kitchen, with a well-appointed fridge and microwave, plush bedding and iddlyic views of Kensington.

With all this to enjoy and more, as well as the heartfelt hospitality of our kind teams, discover your home away from home in Kensington, Victoria, Covent Garden, or Soho.

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