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Asterix in Paris

Catalogue of the exhibition. Photo: BnF, Paris

The exhibition in Paris is dedicated to the famous cartoon enjoyed for over fifty years by children and adults in 34 albums, 35with the latest album included. The cartoon has been translated into 107 languages and dialects and with over 350 million copies sold throughout the world. Covering gestation of the work, its world and its phenomenal reach and universality, this retrospective offers a playful journey to the sources, full immersion in the world of these indomitable Gauls and an analysis of the magic potion which has led to the incredible success of their adventures. The exhibition provides a setting for a comic approach to be constantly rediscovered, understood here as closely as possible to the creative process. Original or printed plates, handwritten notes and typed storylines carry on a dialog with archeological items which are the emblematic attributes of the series, recalling its historical anchoring as well as its inherent parody. The third part of the exhibition measures the “Asterix phenomenon” through its national and international impact, film adaptations, derivative toys and games, advertising use and the creation of an amusement park. Finally, the exhibition takes a moment to analyze this unequaled success by playfully dissecting the uproarious humor conveyed by storylines, dialogs and drawings. It also highlights the strength of the values incarnated by this epic parody.

The young hare

Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), the youug hare. 1506. Photo: Wikipedia

The Städel Museum presents Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) – presumably the most important artist of the German Renaissance . The show will encompass more than 280 works, including some 200 by Dürer himself. It will feature the German master’s oeuvre in the full breadth and diversity of the artistic means of expression he employed. Panel and canvas paintings, drawings, prints made with various printmaking techniques, and books written and illustrated by Dürer will all be on view. Dürer’s on-going exploration of the works of German, Netherlandish and Italian artist colleagues will be one of the central themes of this Old Master exhibition in Frankfurt, which will place his works and their emergence in their historical context. To this end, works by forerunners, contemporaries and pupils such as Martin Schongauer, Hans Baldung Grien, Hans von Kulmbach, Jacopo de? Barbari, Giovanni Bellini, Joos van Cleve or Lucas van Leyden will enrich this major exhibition project. Through this form of contextualization, light will be shed not only on the artistic quality of Dürer’s oeuvre and the particular creative power it radiates, but also on the decisive contribution he made to the emergence of Northern European Renaissance.

The Dead Sea Scrolls

Fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Photo: Wikipedia

A major exhibition on the famous Dead Sea Scrolls will be organised in Assen in 2013. The exhibition will show original Biblical manuscripts and objects from the 3rd century BC till the 1st century AD as well as alternative manuscripts not included in the Bible. The texts on these world-renowned scrolls offer invaluable information on both history and culture from a period in which important characteristics of both Judaism and Christianity were formed. In addition, objects from ancient Judea are shown, from the settlement of Qumran (where the scrolls were found) and from Jerusalem. Together with the grave of Tutankhamen in Egypt and the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, China, the Dead Sea Scrolls are considered one of the greatest archaeological discoveries from the 20th century.

The world of Dionysus.

Caravaggio (c. 1571 – 1610), Dionysus., 1995, Uffizi, Florence. Photo: Wikipedia.

Dionysus remains the most fascinating of all the Greek and Roman gods. His allure is based on the mystery and wildness found in the Dionysian ritual as well as the way it liberates from social constraints. Since classical times, the god of joy, intoxication and fertility has been depicted in victory processions with his ecstatic retinue of dancing satyrs and maenads. Worshiped in religious mystery cults by the Greeks and the Romans, who knew him as Bacchus, Dionysus symbolized the triumph of life in Renaissance art. For Baroque painters, he represented the joy of life; he embodied a natural sensuousness and he and his bride Ariadne are among the most frequently depicted lovers in paintings. In works from classical antiquity to the 20th century, the exhibition draws attention to the lively, boisterous world of Dionysus. No other subject demonstrates so clearly how the modern era was influenced by and made use of the imagery found in the ancient world.