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10 May 2018

Asterix in Britain - the life and work of René Goscinny

Don't forget that this opens today...

(self-portrait, 1948)
Featuring original and rare scripts and artwork, Goscinny's actual typewriter and an interactive shadow wall!

Over 100 items gathered from around the world will be displayed for the first time together in the UK, including original artworks, scripts and storyboards as well as Goscinny’s own tools, sketchbooks and family photographs. The exhibition highlights his contribution to European culture, at the same time as unearthing the substance of his Jewish heritage.

London's Jewish Museum has announced that from 10th May until 30th September 2018ad they'll be hosting an exhibition dedicated to the life and work of René Goscinny - the writer of Asterix. 

It's billed as... 
An immersive and playful exhibition that explores the unique imagination of the co-creator, with Albert Uderzo, of the Astérix comics. René Goscinny’s story, from a childhood in Argentina to a glittering career that began in New York and flourished in Europe, is brought to life through rare original scripts, storyboards, photographs, films, sketches, dressing up stations, games, and more than a little wild boar...

The exhibition is adapted from the exhibition originally produced by the Museum of Jewish Art and History in Paris in partnership with the René Goscinny Institute.

Many linked talks are planned, more details here - perhaps the most interesting sounding talk is on the 28th June 7-8pm and features.... 
Oliver Kamm, leader writer and columnist for The Times and son of the literary translator Anthea Bell, reflects on how Asterix has become an icon of British humour.
Anthea’s translations of Asterix are acclaimed for their distinctive English wordplay while retaining the spirit of the French originals. Hear how Asterix has become an icon of British humour and learn more about Anthea's process of translating.
You can book tickets for that here

The museum is just 3 minutes walk from Camden tube station and is open daily 10am-5pm (but only 10am-2pm on Fridays). 

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