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.


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