25 June – 26 July 2009
Once Upon a Time… Artists & Storytelling has been curated by students on The Courtauld Institute of Art’s MA Curating the Art Museum course. It brings together works from The Courtauld Gallery and Arts Council Collection to explore the diverse ways that artists have engaged with traditions of storytelling. The works on display range from nineteenth-century illustrations to contemporary video art, demonstrating how our enduring need to tell stories has been an ongoing source of fascination for artists. The juxtaposition of historical and contemporary material is essential to this exhibition. It brings together work by artists such as Walter Crane, Oskar Kokoschka, Paul Gauguin, Paula Rego, Gillian Wearing and Tracey Emin, to address issues such as truth, memory, loss of innocence and sexual awakening.