“Creatures” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Calais: open your eyes and mind

Subtitled “Fantastic Comic Beasts”, the exhibition is very much based on the 9th art. Fortunately for the neophyte, he fluently explores the imagination attached to the fabulous beings of tales and myths.



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The 9th art is pushing the door of museum institutions more easily today, as evidenced by the recent white letter to François Boucq at the PBA in Lille. And Calais is, as we know, a land of dragons(read below). It is therefore not surprising that his Museum of Fine Arts offers rails of images to the “Creatures” of the comic, in the desire to be open to all forms of artistic expression. The proposal still needs to be of interest beyond fans of fantasy comics, those for whom Kaziya, Alex Alice or Hub are unknown. After a careful walk, we can say that the commitment of the museum and the association On a marche sur la bulle, co-curators, has been quite successful.


First chills in a cluttered office, a curiosity cabinet that houses the research and discoveries of a supposed family of cryptozoologists. Yeti’s breast hair, tears of depressed hermaphrodite goldfish, oyster breast milk … From the beginning, we are immersed. in a world of unlimited imagination (and not without humor, uf).

The exhibition begins in a cabinet of curiosities.  The Ducroques, cryptozoologists.  PHOTO RESIDENCE MARC
The exhibition begins in a cabinet of curiosities. The Ducroques, cryptozoologists. PHOTO RESIDENCE MARC

In incessant comings and goings, comics interact with other arts.

Then it’s time to dump her and move on. cut into four sections
: stories and origins, fantasy, science fiction, steampunk. A perspective, two genres, a subgenre, to testify to a surprising diversity of inspirations and productions.

In incessant comings and goings, comics dialogue with other arts, over the centuries. Here the Leviathan illustrated by Gustave Doré finds a descendant of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu pictured by the mangaka Gou Tanabe. There, Chinese porcelain and pho dogs intersect with Viking legends. These dark ones chimerasare those of Annette Messager, and these magnificent Spheres of utopiathose of Claire Fanjul, two contemporary artists.

In the foreground, on the right, “Les Chimères” by Annette Messager.  PHOTO RESIDENCE MARC
In the foreground, on the right, “Les Chimères” by Annette Messager. PHOTO RESIDENCE MARC

Series
“Utopia” series by Claire Fanjul: maps drawn on wooden spheres.

Dragons, unicorns, titans and demons, their origins and representations penetrate the mind, even far from these imaginations. Fabulous beings are, we understand, so many symbols, more or less encrypted messages addressed to the reader.

Before we get into reality, we stop in front of the boxes of the author Jérôme Lereculey, greet the poster and the decorations of Sébastien Vastra. And we praise Alexandra Maringer’s adequacy: the fluidity and intelligibility of the exhibition owe much to her set design (i).

poster-creatures-light ladder

“Creatures. Fantastic bestiary comics »***. Until November 6 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 25, rue Richelieu. Tuesday to Sunday from 1pm to 6pm. 4/3 €. Tal. : 03 21 46 48 40. mba.calais.fr




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Picasso as a mirror of the Arab avant-garde, at the IMA in Tourcoing



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Calais Comic Arts Library and Museum (62100, Pas-de-Calais)

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