“Astérix in Britain”: an exhibition on the life and work of René Goscinny

A major retrospective on the co-creator, with Albert Uderzo, of beloved Astérix books

Until 30th September 2018, Jewish Museum London is hosting a major retrospective exhibition on the life and work of René Goscinny (1926-1977), the ingenious writer of beloved comics such as Astérix and Lucky Luke, an artist who revolutionised the genre and dissolved the divide between learned and popular culture.

Over 100 items gathered from around the world are being displayed for the first time together in the UK. This includes original artworks, scripts and storyboards as well as Goscinny’s own tools, sketchbooks and family photographs.

Born in Paris in 1926, Goscinny was a child of Jewish emigrants from Poland and Ukraine. He spent his childhood in Argentina, before moving to New York as a young man. It was following his return to Europe that Goscinny founded the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Pilote and launched his career as a cartoonist.

Astérix in Britain

In 1959, in the first issue of Pilote, Goscinny, with Albert Uderzo, released his most famous creation, Astérix. The series follows the adventures of a village of indomitable Gauls as they resist Roman occupation in the year 50 BC. Created in collaboration with cartoonist Albert Uderzo, it was an instant hit with readers. Today it counts as one of the world’s most popular comics.

500 million books sold worldwide

Goscinny’s books have sold 500 million copies worldwide. Now, his work is available in 150 languages, with 100 film adaptations. Yet despite the impressive figures, the story of the man himself and the scale of his work have been underexplored until now.

Organised chronologically and thematically, this exhibition illustrates the course of Goscinny’s life and career as an illustrator and writer. It explores some of his most important artistic collaborations. Highlight objects in the exhibition include Goscinny’s typewriter, war-time illustrations by the young Goscinny of Stalin and Churchill, and extremely rare original Asterix artworks by Goscinny and Uderzo.

Moreover, the playful and dynamic exhibition includes a number of interactive elements for families and younger visitors to enjoy. There are immersive sets based on the worlds of Goscinny’s most popular comics and dressing up stations. You will find larger-than-life characters and creations, games and cosy areas for storytelling and reading.

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To learn more about the exhibition, visit the Jewish Museum London.