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Fragile Beauty – Collection of Sir Elton John and David Furnish

For the first time over 300 photographs will be exclusively on view at the V & A. The collection of Sir Elton John and David Furnish will showcase 140 photographers’ work. It will be the largest collection of photographs shown at the V & A until now.

This will be following The Tate Modern’s exhibition of The Radicle Eye with previous collections of the singer and his partner. The collection will unveil the work of Robert Mapplethorpe and Cindy Sherman to name a few: this is part of a creative gallery from the 1950s to date.

To feature there will be portraits of Marilyn Monroe, and Miles Davis, amongst many other artists of the time. There will also be a recollection of such extraordinary events including the 1980s AIDS activism.

Sir Elton John and David Furnish have said: “Since we first loaned a selection of Horst photographs to the V&A in 2014, our relationship with the museum has grown significantly. Fragile Beauty takes our collaboration to really exciting new heights, showcasing some of the most beloved photographers and iconic images from within our collection. Working alongside the V&A again has been a truly memorable experience, and we look forward to sharing this exhibition with the public.”

This exhibition will be on show from 18th May 2024 until 5th January 2025. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the V & A website. Fragile Beauty: Photographs from the Sir Elton John and David Furnish Collection – Exhibition at V&A South Kensington · V&A (

Credits: Dakota Hair, 2004, by Ryan McGinley. © Ryan McGinley Studios and Simply Fragile, 2022 by Tyler Mitchell © Tyler Mitchell. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.