Pooh and pal Christopher Robin are starring in “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic,” a new exhibition opening Saturday September 22 at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
“The exhibit addresses the fact that Winnie-the-Pooh is a global phenomenon, beloved by many if not by all, surprisingly, many people are not that familiar with the origin of the story.”
– Meghan Melvin, Curator
In curating the show, Melvin’s goal was to reconnect visitors with an iconic story and introduce the books’ endearing characters to a wider audience.
The exhibition is divided into five themes examining how A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard dreamed up Winnie-the-Pooh and brought him to life, eventually making Pooh and his honey pot a global sensation. It’s composed of nearly 200 original drawings, letters, photographs and early editions on loan from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and other lenders.
In Boston, there are interactive elements for visitors, including “Pooh sticks” floating by in a projected river and a slide for kids inside Pooh’s house.
“Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic” runs through Jan. 6, 2019, at Boston’s Fine Arts Museum.