Sir Elton John has V&A gallery named in his honour after "significant" donation

16 April 2019, 16:09 | Updated: 16 April 2019, 16:58

Elton John and David Furnish has made a "significant" donation to the V&A
Elton John and David Furnish has made a "significant" donation to the V&A. Picture: Dave Benett

By Giorgina Ramazzotti

The V&A museum is renaming one of it's gallery's 'The Sir Elton John and David Furnish Gallery' after a "significant" donation from the pair.

The Rocketman star and his husband David pledged the money to the London gallery's new Photography Centre.

The Sir Elton John and David Furnish Gallery in the V&A
The Sir Elton John and David Furnish Gallery in the V&A. Picture: Dave Benett

Gallery 101 has been renamed in the pair's honour with Sir Elton saying his new venture with the Victoria and Albert Museum is "the perfect partnership."

Elton's private photography collection - made up of over 7,000 piece - will be going on display in the newly named gallery.

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Sir Elton said of the collaboration: "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."

Tristram Hunt, director of the V&A, said: "We are immensely grateful to Sir Elton John and David Furnish for their generosity in supporting our photography centre and mission to make historic and contemporary photography available to the widest possible audience."

It's set to be a big year for Elton. Rocketman, a film biopic of the star's life, will be released on the UK on May 24.

From the makers of Bohemian Rhapsody, the film tells the story of the singer's road to success, with Elton played by British actor Taron Egerton.

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