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Alice, muse of creativity


An exhibition at V&A Museum in London analyses the influence that the book “Alice’s adventures in wonderland” has had, over time, on the various creative disciplines: from cinema to photography, from theatre to fashion, from painting to music.

The story of a girl of the Victorian age and of her world where “everyone is crazy” inspired various artistic disciplines, from cinema to photography, from theatre to fashion, from painting to music. We are obviously talking about “Alice’s adventures in wonderland” written by Lewis Carrol in 1865, whose influence on the creative world (from Salvador Dalí to the Beatles, from rapper Little Simz to fashion designer Thom Browne, from designer Iris van Herpen to photographer Annie Leibovitz, etc.) is analysed throughout the exhibition “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser” at Sainsbury Gallery of Victoria and Albert Museum in London. (Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge). Many times postponed because of the pandemic, the exhibition opened on 27th March even though a preview is available on the museum’s website (www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/alice-curiouser-and-curiouser) .

“Alice – explains Kate Bailey, the exhibition’s curator – encourages all of us to challenge ourselves to learn, explore and dream. Finding out why this young girl is an endless source of inspiration for some of the world’s most creative minds was an extraordinary adventure”. Divided in 5 themed sections (“Creating Alice”, “Filming Alice”, “Reimagining Alice”, “Staging Alice” and “Being Alice”) the exhibition uses sophisticated stage sets, digital projections and creative environments curated by Tom Piper, already known for his stage design projects realised for the Royal Shakespeare Company. The exhibition path closes with an original digital art installation inspired by the novel’s second chapter, “Alice Through the Looking Glass”.

Above: A still from Alice in Wonderland, a movie by Tim Burton, 2010