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Marginalia. In the secrecy of comic book collections

90 min visit

New National Museum of Monaco
19 May → 26 Sep 2021
Every day from 10 am to 6 pm

«  The origins of 9th art, from medieval manuscripts to Batman! »

The title of the exhibition refers to small drawings found in the margins of certain medieval manuscripts, called marginalia. Often considered to be the ancestors of the comic strip, and rightly so, they interact with the text in front of which they are found. Critical, explanatory or illustrative, marginalia are generally humorous and satirical. Although they date back to the Middle Ages, these little drawings have largely inspired the comic strip: texts and drawings communicate in a comical way by tackling popular themes. Although the comic strip takes up the principle of marginalia, it is a practice that appeared at the beginning of the 20th century, at the same time as cinema and psychoanalysis. This exhibition is a way of rethinking comics as an artistic practice, originally popular and now invading institutions. Discover the cultural rise of the comic strip through the work of more than 90 passionate artists, whose contemporary works dialogue with medieval manuscript notes. Tickets on site.


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