Fairy Tales

1 DECEMBER 2023 - 28 APRIL 2024

Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

From opulent carriages to sumptuous gowns, twisted woodlands to mystical mirrors ‘Fairy Tales’ at GOMA explores centuries of beloved folk stories through art, design and film.

Exclusive to Brisbane, this exhibition brings together exceptional contemporary art, breathtaking costumes, immersive installations and stunning cinema from visual storytellers around the world to untangle themes of bravery and justice, loyalty and humility, cunning and aspiration.

‘Fairy Tales’ features the work of artists Abdul Abdullah, Del Kathryn Barton, Destiny Deacon, Gustave Doré, Rachel Feinstein, Trulee Hall, Carsten Höller, Anish Kapoor, Yayoi Kusama, Ron Mueck, Tracey Moffatt, Henrique Oliveira, Polixeni Papapetrou, Patricia Piccinini, Kiki Smith, Jana Sterbak and many others.

It includes original papercuts by Hans Christian Andersen, a nineteenth-century photograph by Lewis Carroll and a costume designed by Henri Matisse for the Ballets Russes adaptation of ‘The Nightingale’. Also featured are film costumes and props from Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête 1946, Jacques Demy’s Donkey Skin 1970, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth 1986, Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are 2009, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland 2010, Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror 2012, Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella 2015 and more.

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Promotional image from Mirror Mirror 2012 showing ‘Yellow dress with hood’ worn by Lily Collins as ‘Princess Snow’ / Director: Tarsem Singh / copyright 2012 UV RML NL Assets LLC. / Photograph: Jan Thijs

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