From Grimm to Reality: An exploration of imagination and storytelling in contemporary art

11 Jan 2013 – 9 Feb 2013

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Opening Hours: 10:30 am — 5 pm Tuesday — Friday 11:30 am — 5 pm Saturday

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  • Canterbury West or Canterbury East

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Imagination and the tradition of storytelling, more specifically the art of fantasy, fairytales and nursery rhymes is at the centre of this exhibition. From Grimm to Reality showcases key works such as David Hockney's Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm and Paula Rego's nursery rhyme etchings alongside Anya Gallaccio's ever changing Preserve Beauty, Ana Maria Pacheco's Misfortunes of a Sardine and Susanna Majuri's fantastical photographic landscapes. The exhibition is full of references to the imagery portrayed in childhood stories and highlights the rich connection between imagination, the familiar and storytelling in contemporary art. Other highlights to the exhibition include Jane Edden's Ideal Home sculptures and Joel Ely's Thinking Bear.