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The Victoria and Albert Museum renamed one of its galleries for Elton John.

Wallace Ludel
Apr 16, 2019 4:15PM, via BBC

Elton John in concern in June 2017. Photo by Raph_PH, via Wikimedia Commons.

After British pop superstar Elton John and his husband David Furnish made a significant donation to the new photography center at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), the institution has decided to name one of its galleries after the musician. The museum’s gallery 101 will now be known as the Sir Elton John and David Furnish Gallery.

John’s photography collection, which is made up of over 7,000 photographs and includes such artists as Man Ray, Dorothea Lange, Edward Steichen, and Cindy Sherman, will also go on display at the museum.

John described the agreement with the V&A as a “perfect partnership,” telling the BBC:

We are delighted to be part of this exciting moment and we hope that audiences will walk away with the same excitement and appreciation for photography as I did when I first started collecting.

The V&A’s photography center opened in October of last year and an extension is expected to be completed in 2022.

Wallace Ludel
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