Tiger, Mog and Pink Rabbit: A Judith Kerr Retrospective

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Judith Kerr fled Nazi Germany in 1933 aged nine years old, and began drawing as a refugee in Switzerland and France. Her first picture book, 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea', has been delighting families since it was published in 1968 and many young readers will be fond of her 'Mog' series. This exhibition looks at Kerr's experience as a refugee settling in London and how she became an artist and storyteller. It includes pictures she drew as a child, illustrations from her semi-autobiographical novels 'Out of the Hitler Time' and a great deal of original artwork. Visitors are also invited to discover (or rediscover) her most famous books by having tea with a life-size tiger or curling up with a book in Mog's basket. Storytelling will take place daily at 10.30am. The exhibition is included in the museum entry price.

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I was lucky enough to visit this exhibition on the day that Judith Kerr gave a talk to a full room of admirers - young and old - at the Jewish Museum. For somebody in her 90s, Judith Kerr is so full of life, with a beautiful smile and spark in her eye. Hearing her talk about her own life was a massive eye-opener to the back story behind her books and put the exhibition into perspective too. In an almost chronological order, the exhibition takes you from her early life starting with drawings she did aged 9, onwards through her schooldays in varying countries and then onto the artwork/stories that everybody knows! My favourite part of the exhibition was without doubt the lifesize Tiger Who Came To Tea scene, complete with Tiger, kitchen and all the clothes needed to reinact it! Obviously intended for children, but I'm a total sucker for opportunities of childhood nostalgia like this!!! From a serious perspective, as an illustration student it was incredible to see the progression Judith Kerr made from her childhood drawings, through textile design and into her own globally recognised style.