Photo's by Lula Valletta
Design by Julian Sirre
Adventures Under Ground
A group exhibition at Quartair & book re-release of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (newly illustrated), 20-22 August 2021.
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
The 12 chapters of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (originally titled Alice's Adventures Under Ground) are distributed among 12 The Hague-based artists, who each interpret their chapter in an original, unique narrative work. These are not trained illustrators! Their works are specially made for this book 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 reimagined 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 Svankmayer, 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!!