In January 2012 the famous comic-strip artist and Pulitzer Prize laureate Art Spiegelman received the Grand Prize of the French city of Angoulême (known as the "City of Comics" thanks to the "Festival international de la bande dessinée") for his life's work. This is also the catalyst for us to show the first comprehensive retrospective of his oeuvre in Europe.
His work "Maus" will take center stage. This portrayal of his parents' fate in the language of a comic book is by now legendary: Polish Jews who survived the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Dachau under dramatic circumstances.
When the artist was young, comics taught him a great deal. Thus, he decided to talk to the younger generation about the mass murder of Jews through comics, which has since become a world success. "In the Shadow of No Towers," an account of his 9/11 experiences first published in Germany in 2002, is another series that added to Art Spiegelman's fame.
The show encompasses early works for the chewing gum industry, sketches and fully developed sequences, illustrations, and titles pages for "The New Yorker," as well as the complete "Maus."
The only German venue of this exhibition will be Cologne's Museum Ludwig. It will subsequently travel to Angoulême and Paris (Centre Pompidou).