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MART

museo di arte moderna
e contemporanea
di trento e rovereto

  • Braccio di FerroKing Features Syndicate, 1968 - disegno di Bud Sagendorf
  • Flash Gordon Universal, 1936
  • Diabolik Astorina, 1962
  • BarbarellaDe Laurentiis-Marianne, 1967 Jane Fonda
  • X Men 20th Century Fox, 2000
  • Dick Tracy Republic, 1938

Cinema & Comics
Comic characters on the big screen

 
Mart Rovereto
26 May 2006 / 17 September 2006
From Archibald and Peanuts to Batman, the world of comics comes face to face with the movies. An exhibition at the MART reveals the differences and affinities between the twentieth century’s two most famous media.
 
T

he official birth of the cinema, corresponding to the first public projection made in Paris by the Lumière brothers on 28 December 1895, came just a few short weeks before that of the comic, marked by the début of “The Yellow Kid” in the daily newspaper New York World. The date was 16 February 1896 when Richard Felton Outcault published the first strip of the character destined to become, by common agreement, the symbolical first comic strip hero.
So it is really no coincidence that there have been significant relations between these two media for more than a century, both in terms of the transposition of comics onto the silver screen and of the influence of the cinema in comics, and that comic book heroes are now making an enormous comeback on film.
The aim of the “Cinema & Comics” exhibition is to highlight the web of relationships entertained by the two media, revealing an uncommon ability to refine our collective imagery by narrating stories through pictures. Accompanying and often even anticipating the fashions and issues of the twentieth century, films and comics have interacted with artistic results that are sometimes of the highest degree and, at the same time, of a kind that is perfectly accessible to the public at large.  

 

The aim of the “Cinema & Comics” exhibition is to highlight the web of relationships entertained by the two media, revealing an uncommon ability to refine our collective imagery by narrating stories through pictures. Accompanying and often even anticipating the fashions and issues of the twentieth century, films and comics have interacted with artistic results that are sometimes of the highest degree and, at the same time, of a kind that is perfectly accessible to the public at large. 

Curated by Roberto Festi.
To an idea by esaExpomostre.