All the better to see you with: Fairy tales transformed is the Ian Potter Museum of Art’s summer show on till the 3rd of March.

Featuring a range of activities like storytelling, artist talks, shadow puppet workshop and forums, this unique program has something for everyone.

Exploring the genre and make-up of fairy tales and their function in society, the exhibition presents contemporary artwork alongside key historical fairy tale books that give re-interpretations of the classic fairy tales for a modern context, like Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel and The Little Mermaid.

The main exhibition includes artists such as Kiki Smith, Patricia Piccinini, Amanda Marburg, Miwa Yanagi, among many others. 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.

“Fairy tales help us to articulate the way we might see and challenge such issues and, through transformation, triumph in the end. This exhibition looks at why fairy tales still have the power to attract us, to seduce us, to lure us and stir our imagination,” says Samantha Comte, Exhibition Curator.

Offering a range of free public and educational activities on offer, see the full list of exhibition and events on here.


All the better to see you with: Fairy tales transformed is at:

The Ian Potter Museum of Art

Location: The University of Melbourne, Swanston St, Melbourne

Dates: 13 January - 4 March 2018

Times: Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday &Sunday 12noon to 5pm. Monday closed.

Free Admission

Events coming up:

Forum: Fairy tales for all ages

Date: Saturday 10 February - 1pm. Free. An investigation of fairy tales across the ages from Grimm to Disney to screen teens and adaptations. Athena Ballas; Helen Stuckey; Michelle Smith; Victoria Tedeschi.

An evening looking at Kiki Smith

Date: Wednesday 14 February, 6pm. Free. Julie Ewington, Independent Curator and Writer looks at the work of Kiki Smith who, as part of the second wave of feminist artists across America, found new ways to explore the social, cultural, and political roles of women.

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