150 years of Alice in Wonderland
Exhibition from 27 June through 1 November 2015
The classic English book Alice in Wonderland celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. The story was written by Lewis Carroll. Since its publication in 1865 it has been a great success and enjoys an enduring place in the literary canon. Thousands of versions have appeared all
over the world and many artists have provided illustrations of Alice’s adventures. Through
the years, this timeless children’s book has been cherished by children as well as by adults. A selection of the various versions from a private collection are displayed in this exhibition. The examples date from the 19th century to the present day and range from the widely known Disney version to special artist’s books, including one by Salvador Dalí.
The story is about a young girl called Alice who falls down a rabbit hole and lands in a strange world. She encounters an entirely different reality where no one seems to understand her. She has perplexing conversations with remarkable beings such as a white rabbit with a huge pocket watch, a caterpillar sitting on a toadstool who is smoking a hookah, a grinning cat who can disappear at will, a mad hatter taking tea with a hare and an angry queen whose servants look like playing cards.
The delightful fantasy of the story has become a part of popular culture. The imagery has been used in advertisements, political cartoons, toys and all sorts of other articles. In the course of 150 years, Alice in Wonderland has developed into an international phenomenon.