17 and 18 September 2022Passed
September 2022
Saturday 17
13:00 - 18:00
Sunday 18
10:00 - 18:00
7 to 77 years old

Musée des Beaux-Arts

25 rue Richelieu - 62100 Calais
  • Pas-de-Calais
  • Hauts-de-France

Creatures - Fantastic Comic Book Bestiaries

This exhibition plunges the visitor into a fantastic universe populated by mysterious and fabulous beings, associating comics with works of museums and libraries of Hauts-de-France.
17 and 18 September 2022Passed
Sébastien Vastra / Musée des beaux-arts

For millennia, the stories of all human societies have been populated by strange creatures, wonderful animals and other nightmarish beasts. From the end of the Middle Ages, tens of thousands of different beings were listed by the theologians of the time. Then the 20th century saw the emergence of a new field of research: cryptozoology, which aims to study animal forms whose existence has not been formally proven.
It is precisely in the cabinet of curiosities of a family of cryptozoologists that this exhibition begins. Four sections are then linked in a logical way as in a fabulous adventure. After presenting the origins and history of these creatures in the arts, the journey takes us to the heart of Fantasy, Science-Fiction and Steampunk - or retrofuturism -, three kinds of comics that are conducive to wonderful encounters.
These sections are punctuated with works, objects of art and iconography (paintings, sculptures, engravings, photographs, drawings, earthenware, laces) including the fantastic bestiary continuous dialogue with comic-strip creatures.
At the end of the tour, the exhibition reveals its last secrets in order to discover the link forged by the city of Calais with extraordinary animals and the arcana of comic book creation.
The exhibition Créatures, bestiaires fantastique de la bande dessinée was designed and organized in partnership with the association On a Marché sur La Bulle.

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About the location

Musée des Beaux-Arts
25 rue Richelieu - 62100 Calais
  • Pas-de-Calais
  • Hauts-de-France
The Museum of Fine Arts brings together in its bright and luminous spaces collections of paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs from the 16th to the 21st centuries.
On the ground floor, new permanent galleries dedicated to the Fine Arts collections were inaugurated in May 2023\. Two hundred and fifty works are to be discovered through a journey that plunges us into the history of art from the eighteenth century to the present day. A dozen themes facilitate the apprehension of the evolution of artistic tastes.
On the other side of the museum, the room "Rodin, from Paris to Calais" is dedicated to the works of the famous sculptor, with studies and variants around the Monument des Bourgeois de Calais as well as new works loaned by the Rodin Museum since 2019.
The rooms entitled "Calais from here and elsewhere" allow to discover the city, its artists and its territory with the works of the collection. It includes works by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Félix Del Marle, Henri Laurens, Dav
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