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29 June – 14 October 2015
Have tea with a life-size Tiger, curl up in Mog’s basket with one of Judith Kerr’s classic picture books, and discover the childhood drawings of a girl escaping Hitler’s Germany. Tiger, Mog and Pink Rabbit: A Judith Kerr Retrospective at the Jewish Museum invites families to enjoy a showcase of almost 80 years of original artwork and illustrations by one of Britain’s best loved authors.
The exhibition celebrates the picture books still so loved by children around the world today,** The Tiger who Came to Tea, featuring drawings Judith made as a child refugee fleeing Nazi Germany.
Beginning as a bedtime story for her children, Judith Kerr’s first picture book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, was published in 1968 and soon became a classic. By its 40th anniversary in 2008, it had been translated into 11 languages and sold over five million copies. Visitors can go to the heart of the action by having tea with the tiger in the museum, as well as enjoying Judith’s original drawings for the book.
Visitors are also invited to follow over 30 years of the lovable Mog series, beginning with Mog the Forgetful Cat in 1970 and drawing to a close with Goodbye Mog in 2002. Judith took inspiration from her own family and her real-life cat, and young readers can curl up with the books in a cosy basket reading area.
Judith Kerr escaped Nazi Germany with her parents and brother in 1933 at only nine years old, and her mother preserved the childhood drawings she created as a refugee in Switzerland and France. These drawings give a unique insight into how Judith became the artist and storyteller she is today. Her story is also told through the eyes of her literary alter ego, Anna, in three semi-autobiographical novels for older children in her Out of the Hitler Time trilogy. The exhibition includes illustrations inspired by these themes and Judith’s experiences as a refugee.
Abigail Morris, Chief Executive of the Jewish Museum London said:
“We are honoured to be holding this retrospective of Judith Kerr’s artwork and the Jewish Museum is a fitting place to explore Judith’s experience as a refugee from Nazi Germany settling in London. This exhibition will be a treat for all the family and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors so that they can discover more about Judith’s remarkable life, enjoy her beautiful artwork, and have tea with the tiger!”
Tiger, Mog and Pink Rabbit: A Judith Kerr Retrospective is a Seven Stories exhibition. The exhibition was first on display at Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books, Newcastle upon Tyne in 2010.
_Tiger, Mog and Pink Rabbit: A Judith Kerr Retrospective _is developed in association with HarperCollins Children’s Books, Northern Rock.
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David Lasserson, Brunswick Arts
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