Wednesday, 8 July 2009

The "Seriernas värld" exhibition

Last week I and my girlfriend visited Örebro to see the comics exhibition "Seriernas värld" at Örebro läns museum. It turned out that the trip was more than well worth it. This is certainly one of the best exhibitions about comics I've ever seen, and I've seen plenty.
There are loads of original art on display! You'll find everything from modern (and old) swedish comics to great european and american artists.
All put together by Thomas Karlsson with help from collectors and dealers that generously has loaned their treasures.
The exhibition is open until September 27.
Tuesdays 11-17, Wednesdays 11-21 and Thursday to Sunday 11-17. Admission 50:-. (No admission if you are under 16.)

I took a few snapshots so that you can get an idea of what to expect.
(Click on the images to enlarge.)

First we have the entrence with a shop. Here you can buy comic collections and merchandise. There's also a exhibition catalouge in Swedish. It doesn't feature the artwork on display, but it's a perfect introduction to the world of comics to the casual visitor or to someone who just got interested in comics history.

Next we have some photos of the room featuring Swedish artists and comics from other parts of europe. The guy in the first pic is Thomas himself. He was kind enough to take some time off to show us the exhibition.

Let's zoom in on that last pic. Anyone seen those cut up Jan Lööf hand colored comics pages before? Have they been published anywhere? [Edit: Thanks to Håkan I now know where they have been published. See the comments for more info.]

Then we have a room filled with american (and british) comics. Originals by Alex Raymond, Hal Foster (a panel), Burne Hogarth (a full Tarzan sunday), Milton Caniff, Bob Lubbers, Mort Walker etc. The original script to the 12'th part of Watchmen by Alan Moore is also on display.

There's also a room where workshops are held and where kids can draw their own comics.

Some Rip Kirby panels made of concrete. :)

There's also a small room with childrens comics featuring artwork by Rune Andréasson and Disney artists like Paul Murry. (Two original pages from his 1972 "Message in a nutshell" is on display.)

Wich leads us to the next post that will focus on a few strips in that room. But until then here's a question:
Who drew this?


Håkan / Wakuran said...

The Jan Lööf colored panels is from a short Tintin hommage comic first published in the anthology "Serier om den första kärleken" ("Comics about the first love") by some of the major comic names in Scandinavia including Lööf. (Published somewhere around the early-mid-90's, if I'm not mistaken.)

The comic is planned for reprinting in the second volume of the Jan Lööf collection "Jan Lööfs Serier", from what I heard.

Spoilers follow beneath line:
The basic story is that Tintin and Haddock have grown old (Haddock an old man and Tintin apparently between 30's and middle-age) and during a routine mission with a villain (not a regular from the album series) Haddock gets killed, and Tintin finds himself looking for love. Worth checking out.

Håkan / Wakuran said...

To clarify, there are no allusions to homosexuality in the story, but Tintin realizes how lonely he is without the bromanticism.

Håkan / Wakuran said...

Btw, I'd take a stab that the Mickey Mouse (Or Mortie or whoever) drawing is a late Floyd Gottfredson, but I'm not really a Donaldist.

Ger Apeldoorn said...

So where does one 'check out' that Tintin homage?

Håkan / Wakuran said...

Try to import "Serier om den första kärleken", or wait for August and order it from Kartago.

I don't think the comic has been translated. Only possibly into the other Scandinavian languages and Finnish.

Håkan / Wakuran said...

To clarify, you could order "Jan Lööfs serier volym 2" from August. It's a relatively big, expensive book, though, so there probably will be heavy import costs, and it's made for the Swedish market with no English translation.

Kim W said...

Me and Micke Sol are going tomorrow. Super stoked!