Category Archives: exhibits

Comics Exhibit Opens at the Louvre

The International Herald Tribune carries an Associated Press report on the Louvre’s exhibit Le Louvre invite la bande dessinée: Le petit dessein, which opened with a reception on Wednesday, January 21. The exhibit of work draws exclusively from comics about the Museum co-produced by the Louvre and Futuropolis, and features pages and sketches from the three so-far published books by Nicolas de Crécy, Eric Liberge, and Marc-Antoine Mathieu as well as pages and sketches from Bernard Yslaire‘s and Hirohiko Araki‘s forthcoming volumes in the series. “We wanted to present this art with the goal of showing its … aesthetic quality,” said curator Fabrice Douar, “but also its quality in the sense of the confrontation between the world of the Louvre and this alternate universe, which is that of comics.”

The BoDoï website carries both installation shots from the exhibit and images of pages and artwork selected for inclusion in the show. The exhibit runs through April 13, 2009.

Louvre Comics in the Louvre

From January 22 through April 13, 2009, the Louvre will exhibit comics pages by Nicolas de Crécy, Eric Liberge, Marc-Antoine Mathieu, and Bernard Yslaire, BoDoï reports. All four of these artists have created books on the theme of the Louvre as part of a collaborative publishing project between the Museum and the current iteration of Futuropolis Press. Two of those books, de Crécy’s Glacial Period and Mathieu’s The Museum Vaults, have so far been translated into English and published in the U.S. by NBM.

The exhibit will include pages from all four of the jointly published books, accompanied by preliminary sketches. BoDoï‘s piece notes that the challenge of exhibiting Yslaire’s artwork – which was produced on a computer – will be overcome by including computer monitors in the show.

New York Times on “Schroeder’s Muse”

Charles Schulz's Peanuts

The New York Times runs a long feature on the connection between Charles Schulz’s Peanuts and the music of composer Ludwig van Beethoven, currently the subject of the exhibit Schulz’s Beethoven: Schroeder’s Muse at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California.

When Schroeder pounded on his piano, his eyes clenched in a trance, the notes floating above his head were no random ink spots dropped into the key of G. Schulz carefully chose each snatch of music he drew and transcribed the notes from the score. More than an illustration, the music was a soundtrack to the strip, introducing the characters’ state of emotion, prompting one of them to ask a question or punctuating an interaction.

The piece includes commentary from William Meredith, of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies. Meredith researched music for the exhibit, which is a joint project of the Schulz Museum and the Beethoven Center.

In a strip from 1953 Schroeder embarks on an intensive workout. He does push-ups, jumps rope, lifts weights, touches his toes, does sit-ups (“Puff, Puff”), boxes, runs (“Pant, Pant”) and finally eats (“Chomp! Chomp!”). In the last two panels he walks to his piano with determination and begins playing furiously, sweat springing from his brow. The eighth notes above Schroeder’s head are from the opening bars of Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata (Op. 106), a piece so long, artistically complex and technically difficult that it is referred to as the “Giant” Sonata.

The exhibit features an interactive audio element that allows visitors to hear music associated with strips selected for the show. The Times runs a gallery of photographs from the exhibit.

Schroeder's Muse

Schulz’s Beethoven: Schroeder’s Muse runs through January 26 at the Schulz Museum and reopens May 1 at the Beethoven Center, where it will run through July 31, 2009.

(link via The Comics Reporter)

Craghead’s The Dot & The Line Online

Work by Warren Craghead is currently on view as part of The Dot and the Line, a two-person exhibit with Brian Mallman at Migration: A Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia. In association with the exhibit, Craghead has produced a new book by the same name, available as a PDF via his website. The exhibit runs through January 30, 2009.

The Dot & The Line

Lyon’s Musée d’Art Contemporain Takes Five

The Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon in Lyon, France announces Quintet, a major exhibit of work by five selected cartoonists running February 13 through April 19, 2009. The show will feature work by Stéphane Blanquet, Francis Masse, Gilbert Shelton, Joost Swarte and Chris Ware.

Further information on the museum’s website reveals that Blanquet’s portion of the exhibit will be a specially designed installation featuring a small train and a life-size magic lantern.

Francis Masse emerged as a major presence in French comics in the 1970s. Some of his comics were translated in issues of RAW Magazine, and, as Lambiek notes, Masse “dropped most of his comic activities in the early 1990s.” As the Evene website explains in its online biography, Masse recently re-emerged with a 2007 exhibit called “Les Trames Sombres de Masse” at the musée d’art moderne de l’abbaye Sainte croix. The exhibit was accompanied by several simultaneous new publications including Tsunami au Musée, published by Le Dernier Cri, and L’Art Attentat, published by Seuil.

Since the 1990s, the Musée d’Art Contemporain’s website says, Masse has been focused on sculpture. His section of Quintet will showcase several of his sculptures in conjunction with approximately one hundred of his comics pages.

Gilbert Shelton is the author of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers comics, which were recently anthologized by Knockabout. He currently lives in Paris, and his section of the exhibit will feature a number of images from his “graphic universe.”

Joost Swarte, who provides the poster for the exhibit, will be represented by two hundred diverse pieces which will spotlight his work in a number of graphic disciplines. Chosen by Swarte himself, the exhibit will be organized into twelve “chapters.”

Finally, Chris Ware will be represented by about seventy original drawings from his body of comics work.

According to the Klare Lijn International blog, the artists will be present at a February 12 opening reception.

Zap-Masters at CoproNason Gallery

The CoproNason Gallery in Santa Monica, California announces a Zap-themed exhibit featuring work by Robert Crumb, Rick Griffin, Robert Williams and S. Clay Wilson. The exhibit runs January 17 through January 31 and is described as follows:

CoproNason gallery presents an exhibition of drawings and a few paintings by artists that evolved from the underground art movement of the 1960′s and authors of Zap Comix, the most famous underground art comic of the time. R. Crumb, Robert Williams, S. Clay Wilson & Rick Griffin were at the forefront of this movement. In the latter half of the 1960s the hippie movement in America was engaged, to a greater or lesser extent, with protests against the Vietnam War, the civil rights struggle, anarchism, Women’s Lib and Gay Liberation. Add to this an interest in the spiritual value of taking drugs and of “free love” and you had, very simplistically speaking, a thriving “counterculture” against traditional values. For this reason, these new comics became known as “comix” to set them apart from mainstream comics and to emphasize the “x” for x-rated.

Baumgold to Host Burns Exhibit in September

The Adam Baumgold Gallery announces an upcoming exhibit of work by Charles Burns. Running September 5 through October 12, the exhibit will be Burns’ first solo show in New York City. The Gallery’s website hosts an online preview of work that will be displayed.