Group exhibition and book re-release of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (newly illustrated). Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd, August 2021.
Participating artists: Annemarie Slobbe, Marjolijn van der Meij, Cedric ter Bals, Bernice Nauta, Malou Cohen, Jordan Herregraven, Angelika Hasse, Paul de Jong, Leonie Schneider, Niels Janssen, Melle de Boer and Lula Valletta
I don’t want realism, I want magic.
– Blanche Dubois
The 12 chapters of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (originally titled Alice’s Adventures Under Ground) are distributed among twelve Hague-based artists, who each interpret their chapter in an original, unique narrative work. These are not trained book illustrators! Their works are specially made for this edition and the artists use their own artistic practice and ideas to interpret the chapters. No rules! Surrealism has no rules. The works in the book are the base for the accompanying group exhibition in which all artists participate. The exhibition gives the opportunity to elaborate on the works created for the book; think installations and such. The idea is that the works in the exhibition go beyond the ones in the book. Artist and creative entrepreneur Lula Valletta curate the project.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is for many a first re-encounter with surrealism after losing one’s child’s imagination. Many famous artists have taken it upon themselves to illustrate Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This can be seen as a step a surrealist artist just has to take after having survived the darkness of the pandemic, with its constant threat of the Corona Queen of Hearts’ death sentence, “Off with their heads!”.
It was 156 years ago when Alice tumbled down the rabbit hole. Since then, Alice and her compatriots have been re-imagined countless times and inspired creative work of just about every genre. These days, it feels like we’re all down one rabbit hole or another, so it seemed just as good a time as any to pay our own tribute to Alice. Artists like Yayoi Kusama, Salvador Dali, Jan Švankmajer, and Max Ernst have all taken it upon themselves to illustrate Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and now it’s our turn!
You are cordially invited to revisit Wonderland on the weekend of 20-22 August. During the exhibition, the publication will be on sale for €25. The exhibition and book are non-profit; revenue from the books will go directly to printing costs and hopefully to the participating artists as an honorarium. Please consider purchasing a book or two (makes a nice gift) to support the initiative. Read more on: adventuresunderground.nl