Tate – Alice in Wonderland

4 November 2011 – 29 January 2012 at Tate Liverpool ‘Alice in Wonderland’
Lewis Carroll’s enchanting tales of Alice in her Wonderland have delighted children and adults alike since their publication almost 150 years ago. These stories have remained enduringly popular due largely to their artistic originality which is explored in a brand new exhibition at Tate Liverpool.

This new exhibition takes the original manuscript as a starting point for exploring the influence of these iconic stories on modern and contemporary art, proving the themes within them remain relevant to artists to this day. The diverse selection of works in the exhibition range from illustrations based closely on Carroll’s text, to works which allude more subtly to the original story, offering new and sometimes challenging interpretations.

Different aspects of the story have provided themes for key art movements throughout the 20th century; from the Surrealists who named themselves ‘Children of Alice’ to conceptual artists who raised questions of language and perception, from psychedelia to contemporary installation.

Expect to see a diverse selection of works including early examples of Victorian painting and film adaptations, surrealist artists and contemporary photographers. In addition, an intriguing ‘cabinet of curiosities’ will provide a rare opportunity to see Carroll’s photographic portraits of the Liddell family, Victorian children’s games, paintings and moving images from the early 20th century.


Image: Peter Blake – ‘And to show I’m not proud you may shake hands with me’ 1970
© Peter Blake. All rights reserved, DACS 2010
Screenprint on paper, 242 x 180 mm