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Whoever would have expected the Louvre to mount an exhibition of original plates by comic book artists?

Museums and comic strips seem to be two universes quite distinct from one another. And yet both value creativity and observe specific aesthetic criteria, each in its own manner, taking the visitor or the reader on a journey through imagination, an exploration of perception and sensation.

A comic album series published by the Louvre and Futuropolis.

A project proposed by Fabrice Douar, this comic album series is one among many manifestations of the museum’s policy of openness to contemporary art. From French bandes dessinées (BDs) to Japanese mangas and American comic books, from science fiction to social commentary, from caricatures and cartoons to illustrated diaries, the comic strip universe continues to push back its boundaries and has become a key realm of contemporary cultural practice. Its vitality and importance is amply demonstratedby the increasing interest for this medium within the art market, from an artistic as well as a mercantile perspective.

This exhibition celebrating the collaboration between the Louvre and the comic book publisher Futuropolis is conceived not as a commission extended by a cultural institution to “emerging artists”, but rather takes the form of a carte blanche, an open invitation intended to give free rein to very personal and original graphic explorations. This event is therefore not limited to a single medium or style but seeks to pay tribute to the diversity and richness of contemporary comic strip art, mirroring the multifaceted, multiformed nature of the Louvre’s collections.

With BoDoi.com and Metro as media partners.

This exhibition is made possible thanks to the sponsorship of Konica Minolta.

Related events:

Temporary graphic installation by Bernard Yslaire within the exhibition, Friday, April 6, 2009 from 6 to 8 pm.

Signing of the albums already published, Friday, March 6, 2009.

Publications:

Période glaciaire by Nicolas de Crécy, hardcover album, 22 x 31.5 cm, 80 pp., full color (October 2005), €16

Les Sous-sols du Révolu by Marc-Antoine Mathieu, hardcover album, 25 x 25.5 cm, 60 pp., two-color (October 2006), €16

Aux heures impaires by Éric Liberge, hardcover album, 23 x 31.5 cm, 72 pp., full color (September 2008), €16

Le Ciel au-dessus du Louvre by Bernard Yslaire and Jean-Claude Carrière, hardcover album, 26.5 x 28 cm, 80 pp., full color (to be published in May 2009), €16

All these works are co-published by Musée du Louvre Editions and Futuropolis.

Organized by: Fabrice Douar, Deputy Director, Department of Publications, Musée du Louvre, and Sébastien Gnaedig, Editorial Director, Futuropolis. Scenography by M.-A. Mathieu