Matthias Wivel is the administrator of the Metabunker. He is the Curator of Sixteenth-Century Italian Paintings at The National Gallery in London and a co-founder and the current chairman of the Danish Comics Council.

Michelangelo: The British Museum drawings

I’ve had the plesure of contributing an expansive, critical essay on Michelangelo’s life and art to a monumentally conceived, high-end compilation volume of the Michelangelo drawings at the British Museum, published by Spanish book afficionados Artika Press. It consists of two volumes, the central one of which includes high-quality, full-size reproductions of all the drawings,…

Sebastiano del Piombo: Caricaturist?

I am continuing my writings about sixteenth-century caricature, grotesque (see also here) and what I’d call proto-cartooning with an article in the anthology Grotesque and Caricature: Leonardo to Bernini, ably edited by Rebecca Norris and Lucia Tantardini and just published by Brill. The article, “Sebastiano’s Caricatural Gesture and the Path to Idealism”, focuses on Sebastiano…

Radio Rackham: Jens Peder Agger – del 1

Det var med stor glæde, at Thomas, Frederik og jeg — hjulpet og assisteret af dansk tegneseries nestor Carsten Søndergaard — drog til Lyngby for at interviewe den 80-årige tegneserielegende Jens Peder Agger. Agger var en nøgleperson i det danske tegneserieboom i anden halvdel af 70erne og gennem 80erne, først som aktivistisk bibliotekar og kritiker…

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! This one I’ve chosen to mark with a picture that’s very special to me: Baldassare Peruzzi’s Nativity, which has recently gone on view at the Ulster Musueum in Belfast. They acquired it last year after it was export stopped by DCMS and I was involved in securing it for the Nation, acting…

Radio Rackham: Joanna Rubin Dranger

Joanna Rubin Dranger skrev nordisk tegneseriehistorie for nylig, da hun blev tildelt Nordisk Råds litteraturpris for Ihågkom oss till liv, hendes monumentale familiehistorie, om den moderne jødiske tilværelse, i Sverige, Norge og Europa, og — uomgængeligt — om Shoah. Hun var for nylig i København, i forbindelse med den jødiske litteraturfestival, og indvilligede til interview.…

Strid i Informeren!

Jeg anmeldte i sidste uges Jakob Martin Strids Magnum Opus, Den fantastiske bus. Længe ventet, stort overskud, et hovedværk med accenter af kunstnerisk testamente, men også de sædvanlige defekter. Hermed et uddrag: Det er i skildringen af bussen, at Strids tegneglæde udfolder sig mest vitalt, ja nærmest fetichistisk: de menneskehøje bildæk, motorens atten turbinestempler, den…