Major Mœbius exhibition heads to Germany’s Max Ernst Museum Brühl

Mœbius’ “Arzak”, 1995, gouache and acryl on paper © 2019 Mœbius production
Mœbius’ “Arzak”, 1995, gouache and acryl on paper © 2019 Mœbius production

Germany’s LVR Max Ernst Museum Brühl is hosting a major retrospective celebrating the visionary visual worlds of French comic creator Jean Giraud (1938-2012), known worldwide as “Mœbius“, from 15th September until February 2020.

Mœbius explored the realms of both dreams and science fiction, inspiring many filmmakers such as George Lucas, Ridley Scott and Hayao Miyazaki. Across an incredible career, he created surreal worlds, floating and teeming with details; from utopian architectures and futuristic and overpopulated megacities, to desert landscapes and shamanic journeys through time and space.

In the work of Mœbius, the boundaries between the genres of comics and art fade. For decades, he created such iconic figures as the warrior, Arzak, Major Grubert and the space travellers Stel and Atan. With them, he also makes the spectator travel in the infinite worlds of his imagination.

The retrospective “Mœbius”, featuring some 450 works, produced in cooperation with Mœbius Production, retraces the vast work of the artist and his stories’ many complex images.

The whole spectrum of his fascinating drawings will be presented; the range extending from his notebooks in which he through to his scripted comic strips, his sketches and abstract paintings to his popular engravings.

A complementary catalogue has also been created, surely a collector’s item, available from the Museum during the exhibition.

Painter, sculptor, draftsman and poet Max Ernst was one of the most important representatives of Dadaism and Surrealism.

• Mœbius Exhibition at the Max Ernst Museum Brühl of the LVR from 15 September 2019 to 16 February 2020, Comesstraße 42 / Max-Ernst-Allee 1 50321 Brühl | Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 11.00am – 6.00pm; Closed on Mondays | Ticket prices: Adults (normal / reduced): 7 € / 4 €; During “Mœbius” 10,50 € / 6.50 € | Children up to 18 years: free admission |Tel: +49 (0) 2232/5793 – 0 | Web: www.maxernstmuseum.lvr.de

With thanks to Paul Gravett

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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