Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic
小熊維尼:探索古典維尼


The Victoria and Albert Museum
9 December 2017 – 8 April 2018

Original drawings of Winnie-the-Pooh will go on display at the V&A for the first time in nearly 40 years this December as part of the UK’s largest ever exhibition on Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard. Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic will be a multi-sensory, playful exhibition that will explore the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh – one of the most adored fictional characters of all time.

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic will reveal the real people, relationships and inspirations behind the charismatic bear, star of the most popular children’s books of all time, and a world representing friendship, simple joys and the curious yet gentle nature of a child’s imagination. Visitors will be taken on a journey exploring the thrilling interplay between text and illustration, shedding new light on the creative collaboration between Milne and Shepard. The exhibition will explore Milne’s storytelling including his wonderful and humorous use of language. It will also look at how Shepard produced enduring illustrations, combining expressive line with white space and an understated humour matching that of Milne. Visiting children will be encouraged to explore their own creativity through art and wordplay.

Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, said: “I’m delighted that Winnie-the-Pooh is being celebrated at the V&A, nearly 40 years since he last took centre stage at the Museum. From the world’s largest collection of E.H. Shepard’s Winnie-the-Pooh pencil drawings, to homemade honey from our rooftops in South Kensington, the V&A is the perfect home for Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Christopher Robin and friends. This is our first exhibition specifically for younger families and we look forward to welcoming another generation into A.A. Milne’s magical, intimate, joyous world.”

Spanning more than 90 years of history of the popular British bear, the exhibition delves into the archives of the V&A, The Walt Disney Company, Egmont Publishing, The Shepard Trust and The University of Surrey, to feature around 230 works from 1920 to the present day. Items of international significance will be on show, including original illustrations, manuscripts, proofs and early editions, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion, all featuring the much-loved character and his friends: Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit and Tigger. And, for the first time, the pencil sketch and the pen and ink drawing of the celebrated ‘Poohsticks’ illustration featuring Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet and Christopher Robin will go on display side by side; international collectors are lending the two works especially for the exhibition. There will also be video and audio clips, including a 1929 recording of Milne reading Winnie-the-Pooh.

Tom Piper, the designer of the field of poppies artwork Wave and Weeping Window, has worked with RFK architects on the exhibition design. As well as featuring the largest ever selection of prints and drawings, the exhibition will include a large-scale, immersive family section reimagining scenes from the most famous stories such as Poohsticks Bridge, the Bee Tree and Eeyore’s house, with many interactive elements to engage younger visitors, including dressing up areas, storytelling trees and a ‘picnic’ drawing table. Universally recognised motifs of Winnie-the-Pooh will feature around the exhibition such as balloons and umbrellas, and Milne’s words will be made physical as playful mobiles and 3-D poetry.

Highlights will include:

  • A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh manuscript and pages from the manuscript of House atPooh Corner from the Wren Library at Trinity College, Cambridge.
  • E.H. Shepard’s first Winnie-the-Pooh character portraits, made by copying A.A. Milne’sson Christopher’s real toys, and original sketches of the forest landscape.
  • A Christopher Robin nursery tea set presented to Princess Elizabeth in 1928, generouslylent by Her Majesty the Queen from the Royal Collection.
  • An extraordinary number of original pencil and pen and ink drawings for Winnie-the-Pooh and House at Pooh Corner including the best-known illustrations.

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic will explore how Pooh and Friends have entered our collective imagination, extending beyond the original stories into global popular culture through Walt Disney animation, art, fashion, politics and philosophy. And show how Pooh’s story, including his valuable life lessons on friendship, have stood the test of time with families around the world. It will look at the real life British inspirations behind the stories – A.A. Milne’s son Christopher, his real childhood toys and sketches of Ashdown Forest that inspired the setting, including particular trees that became Owl’s and Piglet’s houses in Shepard’s illustrations.

The V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green will host a complementary display of teddy bears to coincide with the exhibition.

小熊維尼,這個世界知名的可愛卡通角色,睽違近四十年再次成為V&A博物館的中心人物。作為世界上收藏最多小熊維尼鉛筆素描的博物館,V&A這次把重點放在小熊維尼的古典形象,通過探索插畫家謝培德和作者米恩之間極富創意的合作過程,全方位展示了故事創作背後的靈感來源。

為全面介紹這隻流行了90多年的英國熊,本次展覽匯集了來自V&A、沃爾特·迪斯尼公司、埃格蒙特出版社、謝潑德信託和薩里大學的檔案,呈現了從1920年到今天的230件作品。其中重要展品包括原創插圖、手稿、證明和早期版本、信件、照片、漫畫、陶瓷和衣物等,一同展出的還有小熊維尼的所有好朋友:克里斯多夫·羅賓,屹耳,袋鼠媽媽和小荳,貓頭鷹,小豬,兔子和跳跳虎。描繪維尼、小豬和羅賓一起玩樹枝漂流的遊戲知名手稿《Pooh sticks》,其鉛筆素描和筆墨畫在這裡首次一同並排展示。

除了展出有史以來最大規模的小熊維尼版畫和素描之外,此次展覽更是V&A首個專為親子設計的展覽,使用多媒體重現故事中的維尼橋和百畝森林外等最有名的故事場景。現場處處可見為幼兒設計的簡單又饒有趣味的互動裝置,例如小型滑梯、可以坐在裡面聽錄音的傘、講故事樹、打扮區域和“野餐”繪圖桌,相信無論大人還是小孩都會在這個童話世界中樂而忘返。

 

展覽場地:維多利亞與阿爾伯特博物館
展覽時間:2017年12月9日-2018年4月8日
更多信息:www.vam.ac.uk