Guido Crepax: portrait of an artist

Guido Crepax: portrait of an artist

Guido Crepax: portrait of an artist
The exhibition, sponsored and produced by the City of Milan, is set on the tenth anniversary of the death of the cartoonist: at the Palazzo Reale from 20 June to 15 September, admission free

Milan, June 19, 2013 – It was presented at Palazzo Reale, the “Guido Crepax: portrait of an artist” exhibition, the first 360 degree exhibition of the Milanese author, scheduled in the halls of the Palace from June 20 to September 15, 2013 . Set up in the ten rooms of the Riserva, the exhibition is sponsored and produced by the City of Milan – Culture, Palazzo Reale and Archivio Crepax.

“On the tenth anniversary of his death and 80 years after his birth, Milan pays tribute to a great artist – said by the Councillor for Culture Filippo Del Corno – At Palazzo Reale there is the whole production of Crepax: comics, magazines, design, theater, games, scenographies: a world that comes from the art and culture scene of Milan’s past, the city of factories that were not only places of work, but that produced freedom of thought and participation. Guido Crepax was part of this reality, where he wanted to set most of his stories, even today precious testimony of the culture that gave to always remember his drawings and his characters”.

The City of Milan with the Crepax Archives has created an exhibition that for the first time focuses on the author of more than Valentina, the character that made him famous all over the world. The staff provides an overview of the multifaceted activities of Crepax, not only as a cartoonist, but also as an illustrator of books, newspapers, album covers, advertising designer, scenographer for theater, designer for objects of mass consumption.

The underlying theme has guided the Crepax Archive in the choice of about 90 original drawings to be exhibited is the link between the comics, photography and cinema, which is narrative, moving frames. A bond confirmed by a combination of some comic pages to photos of fashion, the city of Milan, of designer items, film and family and cultural references that are the background of the stories, especially Valentina.

Enrich the setting over thirty life size silhouettes, stage, movies, and special installations created ad hoc. Each of the 10 rooms that make up the Reserve apartment is characterized by a theme:

1. Green Room: Milan. The relationship of Crepax with his city, the scene of many adventures of Valentina.
2. Red Room: Guido Crepax. When the inspiration comes from family and home, with curiosities taken from the author’s private archive.
3. The Blue Room: Valentina and others. From the myth of Louise Brooks a character still current, for the first time along with the lesser-known White, Anita, Belinda, Juliet, to the last born, the young Francesca.
4. Gold Room: Fashion. Crepax chronicler of customs and trends of his time, with specific reference to the fashion that Valentina was a witness.
5. Green Room: Design. The non random quote in the comics of Crepax of items you made ​​the history of Italian and international design.
6. Green Room: Literature. The main graphic novels of Crepax: by Justine in Casanova, Venus in Fur Histoire d’O, from Dracula to Frankenstein, by Dr. Jeckyll to Edgar Allan Poe, from Turn of the Screw to the process of Kafka, with citation of literary texts.
7. Blue room: Cinema. Love for the big screen and the theater, which Crepax has occasionally collaborated, to the film editing of the stories in comics.
8. Blue room: Photography. Valentina is a fashion photographer protagonist of the stories told in images where the detail is more important than the general. Hence the parallelism between comics and photography.
9. Red Room: Music. From the classic family tradition with a passion for jazz, almost a cartoon soundtrack.
10. Yellow Room: Art. Quote from painters and sculptors in the tables of Crepax to the conception of comics as the ninth art.

Guido Crepax: portrait of an artist
Palazzo Reale
20 June-15 September 2013

For more information visit the Milan Museum web site or call us at (+39) 055-713655.

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