Fremtidens araber i Informeren


I dagens bogtillæg til Information anmelder jeg fjerde bind af Riad Sattoufs Fremtidens araber, udgivet på dansk af Cobolt — og diskuterer serien som helhed. Sådan starter jeg:

I fjerde bind af sine barndomserindringer, Fremtidens araber : om et liv mellem Frankrig og Syrien med en fransk mor og en syrisk far og to yngre brødre : beskriver Riad Sattouf et chokerende vendepunkt i sit familieliv. Det er en foreløbig kulmination i denne sjældent nærværende, stilfærdigt polemiske, storsælgende og internationalt prisbelønnede fortælling om en multikulturel opvækst, om bristede idealer og nationalismens ødelæggende kraft. En af tidens toneangivende tegneserier.

Nåja, og lyt til vores podcast om serien i Radio Rackham! (kan også findes på iTunes, Google podcasts, Spotify, Podimo).

Lorenzo Lotto’s Monte San Giusto Crucifixion


One of Lorenzo Lotto’s greatest altarpieces can be found in the small church of Santa Maria della Pietà in the town of Monte San Giusto in the Marche. Painted in 1528-29, it is a stunningly ambitious representation of the Crucifixion, conceived by a master at the height of his powers, but also an artist who was increasingly struggling to find work in his native Venice leading him to seek employment elsewehere, especially in the Marche where many of the greatest of his later works can still be seen today.

In preparation for the twin Lotto exhibitions of 2018-19, Lorenzo Lotto Portraits at the Museo del Prado and the National Gallery and Lorenzo Lotto: Il richiamo delle Marche, Prof. Enrico Maria Dal Pozzolo and I visited Monte San Giusto to see the altarpiece in July 2018. It was a great experience and we susequently agreed to help produce videos on the work for the Commune. These have now been released to the public and will hopefully help attract people to the altarpiece, the town and the region. I cannot recommend it highly enough. For help, check this guide to seeing Lotto in the region.

Radio Rackham: HoXPoX


I det seneste podcast fra Radio Rackham kigger vi nærmere på Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz og R. B. Silvas store X-Men-utopi fra 2019, House of X/Powers of X. Det er en svimlende ambitiøs men også frustrerende hermetisk tegneserie og vi forsøger at blive klogere på den og hvad den fortæller om superheltegenren i dag. Lyt med her og læs mere på Nummer9.

Radio Rackham: Riad Sattouf


Radio Rackham kigger i vores seneste episode nærmere på Riad Sattoufs storsælgende erindringsværk Fremtidens araber, der i foreløbig fem binder fortæller historien om hans barndom mellem især Frankrig og Syrien. En medrivende, livsnær, morsom og horrible tegneserie, der fremfører en skarp kulturkritik, som ikke rigtig passer ind i nogle af de gængse ideologiske kasser, der dominerer udlændingedebatten herhjemme eller i resten af Europa.

Lyt her og se mere på Nummer9. Læs også min anmeldelse af bind 1-2 fra 2015 ovre på TCJ.com.

Ruppert, Mulot, Vivès and Museum Comics


Over at Apollo, I’ve reviewed Florent Ruppert, Jérôme Mulot and Bastien Vivès’ comic The Grande Odalisque, which mobilises the art heist subgenre as a commentary on shallow elitism. The glamour of the old masters and commodification of art themtised in a modern action comic. The review also gives me the occasion to formulate a few thoughts on the emerging subgenre of museum comics and didactiic artist’s biographies in comics form.

Here, by the way, is the Laurent de la Hyre painting that gets confused with a Titian in the comic, after which it is machine-gunned:

(It’s from 1647 and can be seen at the Louvre)

Originally relesed in 2012, La grande odalisque is now available in English translation from Fantagraphics. See also my 2011 interview with Ruppert and Mulot. If you read Danish and subscribe to Information, I also discuss museum comics in this review of Peter Wandel and Rasmus Meislers Den magiske spinel.

Radio Rackham: Richard Corben


Den seneste episode af Radio Rackham er en hyldest til den store tegner og fortæller Richard Corben, der døde i begyndelsen af december sidste år. Thomas Thorhauge og Frederik Storm har de to eminente tegnere Mårdøn Smet og Peter Snejbjerg — begge Corben-afficionados om en hals — i studiet til en diskussion om, hvad det præcis er, der gør Corben til en ener og til en stor kunstner. Det er der kommet en spændende og oplysende samtale ud af — lyt her og læs mere på Nummer9:

Luz i Informeren


I dag kan man i bogtillægget til Information læse min anmeldelse af Luz’ Katarsis — hans beskrivelse af sit liv, tanker og traume i månederne efter han kom for sent til massakren på Charlie Hebdos ansatte 7 januar 2015. Bogen er ude fra Fahrenheit og er sindsoprivende læsning! Anmeldelsen starter således:

Tegneren Renald Luzier, alias Luz, har fødselsdag den 7. januar. I 2015 blev han den dag i sengen med sin kone en times penge for længe. Det betød, at han ikke fik trakteret sine kolleger på satiremagasinet Charlie Hebdos redaktion med den sæsonobligatoriske galette de rois, som han ellers på den tid havde for vane at tage med til deres ugentlige møde. Det betød også, at han gik fri af den massakre, der blev hans kolleger til del samme morgen. 11 af dem døde for to islamistiske terroristers hænder, men forsynet ville, at Luz tegnede videre.

Læs den her, hvis du har abonnement.

Titian Poesie at the Prado

Titian, The Rape of Europa, 1559-62, Boston, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


This week, the Museo del Prado in Madrid opened their exhibitions Passiones Mitológicas, or Mythological Passions. The show is their version of the exhibition I helmed at the National Gallery, which gathers for the first time since the sixteenth century Titian’s six mytholgical paintings, so-called poesie, originally painted for the Spanish king Philip II between around 1551 and 1562.

The show at the Prado is a kind of homecoming for these masterworks, a return to the royal Spanish collection to which they belonged and in which they became a cornerstone, influencing generations of artists. The Prado is therefore uniquely positioned to tell a broader story of the development of European painting in the early modern era and Titian’s crucial role in it. They have also taken the opportunity to tell the story of the development of secular, mythological genres of painting in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as kind of liberating format that encouraged experimentation.

Diego Velázquez, Las hilanderas (The Spinners), 1655-60. Madrid, Museo del Prado


It is of course incredibly difficult to travel at the moment, but if you’re in Madrid this exhibition is a rare treat, showing as it does the great poesie with masterworks by Veronese, Velázquez, Poussin, Rubens, Ribera and others. It is on until 4 July, so I for one am hoping for a summer visit! In the meantime, I believe they will be offering a virtual tour.

Radio Rackham: StineStregen og Line Jensen


Så er vi klar igen med et afsnit at Radio Rackham. Denne gang har Frederik og Thomas interviewet to af Danmarks populæreste tegnere, Stine Spedsbjerg alias StineStregen og Line Jensen, om at tegne fra eget liv på social medier, og at pleje følgere og tilpasse liv, kunst og kommers. Læs mere på Nummer9 her og check det ud!

Danish Comics of the Year 2020


It’s been a tough year, but thankfully that doesn’t mean good comics haven’t been made and published around the world! Once again, Paul Gravett is here to help us all get an overview with his by now tradition-rich internaitonal annual roundup of the best comics . As usual, I’ve provided my view of what was best in Danish comics in 2020. My choices are reproduced below, but check the whole list here.