All the better to see you with: Fairy tales transformed


Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne

Curated by Samantha Comte, All the better to see you with: Fairy tales transformed traces the genre of the fairy tale, exploring its function in contemporary society. The exhibition presents contemporary art work alongside a selection of key historical fairy tale books from the University of Melbourne's Rare Books collection that provide re-interpretations of the classic fairy tales for a 21st century context, including Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel and The Little Mermaid.

Featuring international and Australian artists, All the better to see you with explores artists’ use of the fairy tale to express social concerns and anxieties surrounding issues such as the abuse of power, injustice and exploitation.

This major summer exhibition is presented across all three levels of the museum and is accompanied by a catalogue and public and education programs.

Image: Miwa Yanagi, Gretel [detail], 2004. Collection of the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Courtesy of the artist and Yoshiko Isshiki Office, Tokyo