Alice in Wonderland exhibit at Tate Liverpool

Want to see a lot of the great Alice art all in one place, from Carroll’s drawings to Dalí? Art and Illustrations of Alice make up a new exhibit at the Tate Liverpool, called Alice in Wonderland. Marina Warner has a preview of it in The Guardian:

It’s perhaps surprising that an art gallery, rather than a library, is holding a huge survey exhibition about Alice, but then Carroll’s creation has been and still is the inspiration of artists, photographers, theatrical designers, animators, film-makers. The new Tate Liverpool show explores this territory, from the author’s own rarely seen manuscript illustrations and marvellously evocative biographical materials (Carroll’s perceptive and often lyrical photographs, works of art by his pre-Raphaelite friends) to the Surrealists, for whom Alice became a cherished myth. The Surrealist movement is represented by some of the most potent works in the exhibition: Salvador Dalí’s illustrated edition of Alice, and the finest painting in Dorothea Tanning’s oeuvre, the eerie Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, with sunflowers bursting colossal tentacles around the little girl with her hair on end in spikes of flame. The Surrealist legacy is still very fertile, in the context of a growing return to myth, fairytale and romanticism. Alice is the prototype of wise child and naive innocent – as seen in the vision not only of such artists as Peter Blake and Graham Ovenden, but of their successors in disquiet, Annelies Štrba and Alice Anderson, practitioners of the contemporary uncanny who give a new feminist twist to the heroine. Alice has grown older and more knowing than her original model, and turned into the receptacle of erotic dreams, a femme enfant with whom women artists strongly identify: the knowledge you are Alice as strong as the longing for her.

Dorothea Tanning's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

This is quasi-related, but if you haven’t seen Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, Adrien Brody does an amazing Salvador Dalí:


Popular New Destination for Alice in Wonderland Tourists reports that Antony House, in Plymouth, UK, has seen a “huge increase in visitors” since Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland movie was released in March 2010.  The mansion (pictured above) was used in filming the non-Underland parts of the film.

Antony House, near Plymouth in southern England, was lucky to attract more than 20,000 visitors a year before director Tim Burton chose the mansion as the setting for his adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s famous fantasy adventure.
Since “Alice in Wonderland” was released last year, more than 100,000 people have traveled to the quiet location that was previously most famous for its displays of flowers.
Emma Quan, of UK charity The National Trust, said that 2,000 people turned up on a single day during the Easter vacation.
“For us, 600 [people] is a very busy day. We had to have people at the top of the drive turning visitors away,” she said.

If Antony House wants to continue to capitalize on this windfall, they might want to fledge out their Carrollnalia. May we recommend adding some Live Flowers to their gardens?


Images of Murals at the Lewis Carroll Children's Library in Islington, London, UK

There’s no debt to Tenniel in these murals at the Lewis Carroll Children’s Library in the London Borough of Islington (that’s London UK, not London TX, AK, OH, PA etc.). Instead there seems to be something of an early-Atari-meets-Crayola 64-pack influence at work. They are fun though.

The library is London’s only stand-alone children’s library and has been open since 1952. Apparently, within these colorful walls, the library hosts a reading group for teenagers, homework clubs and a rhyming session for babies. Ga Ga Gaa Aaah…