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London’s V&A reopens with Alice in Wonderland exhibition


Issued on: 20/05/2021 – 07:12

London (AFP)

After a 12 months of the coronavirus pandemic’s mind-bending assault on regular life, London’s Victoria & Albert Museum reopens this week, taking guests down one other rabbit gap.

“Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser” explores the worldwide influence of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, Lewis Carroll’s traditional 1865 novel, and its enduring enchantment to artists.

The exhibition opens to the general public on Saturday, and plunges guests, like Alice, straight down a rabbit gap — the museum stairs — with a jumble of indicators in each path.

As they emerge from the V&A’s dimly lit basement, company are immersed in theatrical costumes, movie extracts, manuscripts and drawings.

The installations mix sound and visible results, “to discover the origins, variations and reinventions” of the work first imagined by Carroll, an Oxford mathematician whose actual identify was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.

Each part of the exhibition, which is supposed to enchantment to guests of all ages, has its personal distinct look.


Guests stroll throughout a Victorian beachfront, harking back to the time Carroll himself was writing, and encounter scenes from the e book: the murderous Queen of Hearts’ rose backyard and the Mad Hatter’s tea social gathering with the March Hare.

-‘Everything is the other way up’-

Museums had been allowed to reopen their doorways on Monday after months of restrictions to curb the unfold of coronavirus which has claimed practically 128,000 lives throughout Britain.

At the V&A in west London, as elsewhere, social distancing, hand sanitiser and facemasks are the order of the day for the reopening.

Interactive cubicles, like these the place guests can play digital actuality croquet in opposition to the Queen of Hearts, are cleaned often.

The Alice exhibition was initially deliberate to open in June 2020, however its opening now — practically a 12 months later — is becoming, stated assistant curator Harriet Reed.

“We are so thrilled that we are able to bump this again in and benefit from the exhibition safely, and share it with the world,” she informed AFP.

“I believe we’re all feeling a bit bit drained, a bit bit jaded, a bit bit uninspired perhaps,” she stated, suggesting Alice’s world might supply a restorative “enhance of optimism”.

Reed stated in the face of the pandemic, everybody can be taught from Alice’s “wonderful dedication, bravery” and the best way she “stands up for what she believes in”.


“We positively really feel like we reside in a loopy wonderland proper now. Everything is the other way up,” she stated.

“I believe we are able to actually relate to that sense of full displacement proper now.”

-‘Strong minded heroine’-

The exhibition, which is split into 5 components, first seems on the novel’s Victorian-era influences earlier than shifting on to its movie variations.

Excerpts from the Walt Disney movie “Alice in Wonderland” (1951) and Tim Burton’s 2010 remake are displayed alongside the primary silent movie to painting Alice and even a Japanese anime impressed by her story.

A later part focuses on the affect of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” on surrealism and the Nineteen Sixties.

An authentic version of the e book illustrated by the Spanish artist Salvador Dali is showcased with theatre and ballet variations.

The remaining installations contend with the “up to date fascination” with the kids’s e book over a century and a half after it was first printed.

The exhibition, Reed says, makes an attempt to reply a query that’s “nearly unanswerable” and present why Carroll’s characters proceed to encourage properly into the twenty first century.

“I believe a number of it has to do with having a really strong-minded heroine”, she added.


Her favorite merchandise in the exhibition was the programme for a play carried out by the suffragette campaigners, displaying Alice agitating for the proper to vote.

“Alice is the image of empowerment and feminine company that was actually thrilling for us,” she stated.