THE V&A Museum of Childhood contains objects and artefacts spanning the decades, all the way from the sixteenth century to the present day. It is home to the ‘Stuff of Nightmares’ exhibition, which is situated in the Front Room Gallery and it is one of the museum’s highlights.
Often we associate child play and fairytales with innocence, in which good always overcomes evil, where heroes are selfless and happy endings come in abundance. However, some fairytales explore a darker side of a child’s imagination, and the ‘Stuff of Nightmares’ gets to grips with the darker, more sinister side of fairytales. In fact, the exhibition has been cleverly formed to re-tell the tale of ‘The Brothers Grimm’s Fundevogel’, a story of abduction, fear and evil, but also one of friendship.
The formation of the exhibition is, in essence, a sinister forest with low and haunting music in the background. This interpreted, dark setting portrays the daunting idea that anything can happen. In doing so, the exhibition takes innocent childhood toys and objects to contrast them all in the forest of nightmares. The forest has been created by local school children working alongside artists such as Ruth Weinberg, Katherine Tulloh, Sharon Brindle and Daniel Bell. This collaboration really shows how interactive the museum is with even the smallest of visitors, making a trip to the museum, a great family day out.
The ‘Stuff of Nightmares’ is on exhibit until February 2012, admission is free
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