Exhibition- Animal Tales

Image courtesy of the artist Darren Waterston and the Achenbach Graphic Arts Council, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Image courtesy of the artist Darren Waterston and the Achenbach Graphic Arts Council, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Animal Tales

Open until Sun 1 Nov. 2015 (Free)

The British Library, London

The exhibition contains stories such as Aesop’s Fables and Ted Hughes’s Crow. As the curator suggests, the stories people tell about animals are often stories about them. Through these Animal Tales, questions concerning the role of animals in children and adult literature are addressed.

“From the earliest marks made by humans in caves to the modern-day internet full of cute cats, animals have been enduring media stars. Symbols of the sacred or the profane, the domesticated or the ferocious, animals have always fed our imagination helping us to make sense of the world and ourselves. Inspiring writers, poets, scientists and artists through the ages, a library can become the largest zoo in the world when you begin to track down the creatures lurking among the pages on the shelves.

Animal Tales explores what wild – and tamed – creatures say about us when they take on literary or artistic form and displays richly illustrated editions of traditional tales, from Anansi to Little Red Riding Hood. And be closer to nature with a soundscape based on the Library’s collection of sound recordings, with illustrations and poems by Mark Doty and Darren Waterston.” (The British Library)

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