Friday, 29 March 2019


Today was supposed to be the day you have either dreaded or, possibly, longed to see dawn... 

Amid all the frantic flounderings, the purblind stupidity, the hysterical xenophobia, the weather-vane politics, the unbelievable mendacity and the despicable self-seeking hypocrisy comes a searing satire featuring ––– rabbits! 

Yes, you heard correctly: rabbits! 
During a six-month residency at London's House of Illustration, Taiwanese artist and graduate of the Royal College of Art, YiMiao Shih, satirises current affairs through drawing, video and embroidery.

Her latest work – on exhibition from today – has created a parallel universe in which the United Kingdom has voted not for 'Brexit', but for 'Rabbrexit': the final expulsion of rabbits from this sceptred isle, this other Eden, demi-paradise etc., etc...

For Rabbrexit MeansRabbrexit, YiMiao Shih has created a collection of ‘relics’ from the UK’s imaginary rabbit population, including large-scale embroidered epics, newly minted 52p and 48p coins and aeroplane landing cards and flight accessories for rabbits stripped of their British citizenship – among them Mr. W. Rabbit (Country of birth: Wonderland), Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny & Co., and the celebrated rabbits of Sandleford Warren.

As the gallery press-release puts it: "These satirical pieces draw together Shih’s real-world observations of the nationalistic fervour, economic uncertainty and fragmentation of societal bonds brought about by Brexit." Or, as I would put it – having visited the exhibit following a day on which we heard the death rattle of national sanity – it is a glorious and much-needed laugh in the gathering dark...





In addition to Rabbrexit Means Rabbrexit, House of Illustration currently has exhibitions devoted to the illustrative work of Ludwig Bemelmans (creator of 'Madeline') and Corita Kent – pop artist, social activist and nun! 

Photos: David Weeks and Brian Sibley

Opening Times:
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5.30pm, (last entry 5pm)
Sunday 11am-5.30pm (last entry 5pm)
Closed Monday
Open late on the first Friday of every month 10am-9pm (last entry 8.30pm)

Current and Future exhibitions...

Exhibition Dates:
Quentin Blake Gallery
- Ludwig Bemelmans: Sketches for Madeline open until 28 April
- Gallery closed 19 April - 7 May
- Quentin Blake: From the Studio open from 8 May
Main Gallery
- Corita Kent: Power Up open until 12 May
- Gallery closed 13 - 23 May
- Posy Simmonds: A Retrospective open 24 May - 15 September
- Gallery closed 16 - 26 September
- Cold War Cuba: Graphics for Solidarity open 27 September 2019 - 19 January 2020
South Gallery
- Journeys Drawn: Illustration from the Refugee Crisis open until 24 March
- Gallery closed 25 - 28 March
- YiMiao Shih: Rabbrexit Means Rabbrexit open 29 March - 14 July
- Gallery closed 15 -18 July
- Marie Neurath: Picturing Science open 19 July - 3 November
- Gallery closed 4 - 7 November
- W.E.B. Du Bois: Activism by Numbers open 8 November 2019 - 1 March 2020

Ticket Prices:

With gift aid Without gift aid
Adult £8.25 £7.50
Concession: student, jobseeker, disabled (free entry for accompanying carers) £5.50 £5
Over 65 £7.15 £6.50
Child: aged 5-18 (free entry for under 5s) £4.40 £4
Family: up to 2 adults and 3 children £19.80 £18
First Friday: 5.30-9pm first Friday of the month £5.50 £5
National Art Pass: 50% discount on full-price adult ticket  £4.15 £3.75
Friends: unlimited free entry Free Free

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1 comment:

Michael G. said...

This is priceless!