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10 June 2018

Good Grief, Charlie Brown!

What sounds like a fascinating exhibition has recently been announced as coming to London this autumn. Good Grief, Charlie Brown!, it says here brings together Charles M. Schulz original Peanuts cartoons with work from a wide range of acclaimed contemporary artists and designers who have been inspired by this highly influential and much-loved cartoon. Unique in its enduring appeal, this exhibition will explore Peanuts’ renewed agency in contemporary culture and society.


Schulz created 17,897 strips during his life, syndicated to over 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries and translated into 21 languages, reaching a truly global audience in an era long before digital communications. Featuring original strips rarely seen in the UK or Europe, the exhibition will celebrate Schulz’s prodigious output and examine his creative process. Through the prism of the lives and musings of beloved characters, including Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Peppermint Patty, Peanuts addressed themes including art, faith, existentialism, race, war and feminism, crossing social and economic boundaries, and standing as a testament to the power of popular arts.

David Musgrave, Animal, 1998. Photo Marcus Leith. Courtesy greengrassi London  


KAWS, No One's Home, 2015. Courtesy of Pace Prints


Alongside this examination of Schulz’s life and work, the exhibition will feature a thrilling range of contemporary pieces, including new works, by artists and designers who have been inspired by Peanuts. Contributors will cross creative disciplines, including sculpture, music, film, design and fashion, and will feature artists including Andy Holden, David Musgrave, Fiona Banner, François Curlet, Ken Kagami, Lucas Price, Mark Drew, Mark Mulroney, Mel Brimfield, Mira Calix, Ryan Gander, KAWS and Steven Claydon.



Des Hughes, Snoopy Banner, 2015, Courtesy of the artist 


Ken Kagami, CHARPEE Sculpture No. 1 , 2017, Courtesy of MISAKO & ROSEN, Tokyo.jpg


I think the exhibition will be held in the same space (the embankment galleries) as the recent Tintin exhibition was and will run from 28 October 2018 - 03 March 2019

Tickets are £14; £12 for concession; under-12's go free
Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun 10.00 - 18.00, Wed - Fri 11.00 - 20.00

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