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100 Masters of Comic Art

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100 Masters of Comic Art

Exhibition Type
Art, Contemporary Art, Popular Culture
Area Size
500 to 1000 sqm
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Museums and Galleries
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Panels and graphics
Original collection
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The exhibition is curated by 9e Art Références, a French cultural company managed by Bernard Mahé, whose mission is to help cultural institutions, whatever they may be, exhibiting original comic art and illustrations, thanks to high quality exhibitions through curatorship and loans. For over 20 years, Bernard Mahé has been actively contributing to the recognition of 9th Art, and curated the exhibition Cómic. Sueños e historia, which has been touring Spain's CaixaForums with great success since 2022.

Based on the 9th Art Références collection and enhanced by a network of passionate collectors, this retrospective showcases some of the finest pieces of sequential art. Works from our collection are regularly loaned to major museums for retrospectives dedicated to comics, such as the Bundeskunsthalle (Comics! Mangas! Graphic Novels!, 2017), the NMNM (Marginalia. Dans le Secret des Collections, 2021) and the Centre Pompidou (La BD au Centre, 2024). Our vast collection also enables us to be flexible and adapt our exhibition to the country and venue where it is presented.


Credits / Image Information

Artworks by (alphabetical order):
Philippe Druillet, Salammbô (Les Humanoïdes Associés)
Will Eisner, Dropsie Avenue (Kitchen Sink Press)
Floyd Gottfredson, Mickey Mouse - daily strip (Disney / King Features Syndicate)
Hergé, On a Marché sur la Lune (Casterman)
George Herriman, Krazy Kat - illustration (King Features Syndicate)
Winsor McCay, Little Nemo in Slumberland - Sunday page (The New York Herald and New York American)
Moebius, Arzach (Les Humanoïdes Associés)
Hugo Pratt, Les Celtiques (Casterman)
John Romita, The Green Goblin Lives Again! (Marvel)


“100 Masters of Comic Art is an exhibition highlighting the masterpieces of 100 major comic book artists.

Dive into the history of the Ninth Art as you discover the original artworks of the iconic American and European creators who have shaped it, from the late 19th century to the present day. Explore a variety of styles, techniques and stories that reflect the extraordinary diversity of this artistic medium.

This exhibition guarantee an immersion in various graphic and narrative universes, from American comics to Franco-Belgian bande dessinée, as well as underground and graphic novels!

Come and discover the treasures of American artists such as Winsor McCay (Little Nemo in Slumberland), George Herriman (Krazy Kat), Pat Sullivan (Felix the Cat), Floyd Gottfredson (Mickey Mouse), Bud Counihan (Betty Boop), Harold Foster and Burne Hogarth (Tarzan), Alex Raymond (Jungle Jim, Flash Gordon), Phil Davis (Mandrake), Milton Caniff (Terry and the Pirates), Jack Kirby (Captain America, Fantastic Four, Thor), John Romita (The Amazing Spider-Man), Neal Adams (Batman), Curt Swan (Superman), David Lloyd (V for Vendetta), Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing), Charles Schulz (Snoopy & the Peanuts), Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes), Will Eisner (The Spirit), Frank Frazetta (Lord of the Rings), Richard Corben (New Tales of the Arabian Nights), Jeffrey Catherine Jones (Idyl), Frank Miller (Sin City, 300), Jim Davis (Garfield), Robert Crumb (Fritz the Cat), Chris Ware(Acme Novelty Library)…

Enjoy a journey through the history of European comic art with Joseph Pinchon (Bécassine), Hergé (Tintin), Albert Uderzo (Astérix), Morris (Lucky Luke), Claire Brétécher (Agrippine), André Franquin (Gaston Lagaffe), Peyo (Les Schtroumpfs), Jean Giraud (Blueberry) / Moebius (Arzach, L’Incal), Philippe Druillet (Salammbô), Jean-Claude Mézières (Valérian and Laureline), Jacques Tardi (Adèle Blanc-Sec), Florence Cestac (Les Démons de l’Existence), Régis Loisel (Peter Pan), Juanjo Guarnido (Blacksad), Jean-Claude Forest (Barbarella), Enki Bilal (Nikopol), François Schuiten (Les Cités Obscures), Hugo Pratt (Corto Maltese), Milo Manara (Un Été Indien), Alberto Breccia (Mort Cinder), Guido Crepax (Histoire d’O)…

Readers of adventure comics or graphic novels, fans of superheroes and other cult characters, lovers of narrative arts and imaginary worlds… this exhibition is made for you!

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