From Alice’s blue dress to the Mad Hatter’s top hat, Lewis Carroll’s most famous storybook Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has sparked some of the most iconic images in literature history. Now, 150 years since its first publication the Tate Liverpool is showcasing a magical exhibition of art inspired by the timeless storybook.
The exhibition starts with a present Lewis Carroll gave to a 10 year old Alice Liddell back in 1864, this went on to become the original manuscript for the book adults and children alike have treasured the world over. Beautiful Victorian Alice-inspired memorabilia and the original first drawings for the book’s first edition by John Tenniel are also showcased.
The exhibition moves onto more abstract work with surrealist pieces from the 30s, 60s and 70s – everyone from Salvador Dali to Peter Blake has had some affiliation with the girl who fell down a rabbit hole it seems.
This is an exhibition that will inspire and enchant the old and the young, a journey from childhood to adulthood and the reality and nonsense in between. There are a few pieces that are suggested inappropriate for young children but these are clearly signposted and sectioned off, but over all a great day out for the whole family and a wonderful way to get little ones engaged in art.
Alice in Wonderland runs from 4 November 2011 – 29 January 2012 at the Tate Liverpool.
Admission £8, Concessions £6