Step into the looking glass at ArtScience Museum’s Wonderland exhibition

Wonderland, ACMI, Photo: Phoebe Powell

Fans of Alice in Wonderland are in for a treat in April, when the ArtScience Museum brings Wonderland to life in a brand-new exhibition.

Visitors with Lost Map of Wonderland at Carroll’s drawing room , ACMI, Photo: Phoebe Powell

Set to open on 13 April, Wonderland is a playful and interactive exhibition for all ages based on Lewis Carroll’s stories of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland. Developed by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Singapore will play host to the exhibition’s first stop of its global tour. Tickets start from S$16 for adults, and S$12 for kids and senior citizens.

Wonderland, ACMI, Photo: Phoebe Powell

The exhibition will follow Alice’s journey through pop culture, exploring how artists and filmmakers have portrayed Alice and Wonderland for over a century, since her first appearance on a page in 1865. Since then, Alice has entranced audiences in more than 40 films and 30 television programmes, as well as music videos, video games, high fashion, advertising and more.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Wonderland, ACMI, Photo: Phoebe Powell

Wonderland will feature theatrical sets, interactive environments, Alice-related props and audiovisual artworks to conjure up the world of Wonderland. It draws together a selection of original behind-the-scenes material, including more than 300 artefacts and objects. This includes first edition books, drawings, original costumes, films, magic lantern projectors, animation, puppetry, and original work by theatrical designer Anna Tregloan, and digital creative studios, Sandpit, Grumpy Sailor and Mosster Studio. (Wonder if American McGee’s Alice will be there!)

Wonderland, ACMI, Photo: Phoebe Powell

Wonderland is an exhibition that has to be experienced to be believed,”
said Honor Harger, Executive Director of ArtScience Museum. “It is every bit as fantastical as the original texts by Lewis Carroll, which have enthralled and inspired generations of readers since they first published over 150 years ago.”

Pool of Tears at Wonderland, ACMI, Photo: Anne Moffatt

“Visitors will truly step into Alice’s imaginary landscape, meeting the fantastical talking creatures made famous in the much-loved stories, and exploring her world in creative and immersive rooms, that reward curiosity,” she added. “There are secret doorways to find, mysterious drawers to rummage through, winding corridors to navigate, unusual props to climb inside, and incredible digital experiences which allow visitors to see the story of Alice come to life. In Wonderland, reality is suspended. The more curious you are, the more you’ll discover.”

Wonderland, ACMI, Photo: Anne Moffatt

“This ACMI-created exhibition showcases the moving image adaptations of Carroll’s seminal works celebrating the evolution of filmmaking, from the earliest optical toys through to new technologies,” said ACMI CEO and Director, Katrina Sedgwick. “With Wonderland, ACMI’s interactive exhibition enables audiences to explore the magic of film craft and its power to embed stories in our imaginations for generations. We are so thrilled to see the exhibition brought to life at ArtScience Museum.”

Wonderland will run from 13 April to 22 September 2019. Tickets go on sale from 1 April.

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