So excited to visit Teraz Komiks! (Comics Now!) at Krakow’s National Museum last week, and to meet curators Artur Wabik and Tomasz Trzaskalik, who kindly showed me around the exhibition, and some of the delightful city of Krakow as well. Sitting here on the creative couch with curator/editor Artur and a character called Ink Blot, aka Szarlota Pawel’s Kleks. The fantastic comic selection of over 600 items, dating from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, is part of a private collection belonging to Wojciech Jama,
This character may look familiar, but it’s not Homer Simpson, it’s mid-twentieth century Swedish cartoonist Oskar Jacobson’s character Adamson, who found his way into Poland and other European countries, the USA, Japan and China.
I loved this exhibition, not just for its original and rare artwork, books, toys and other merchandise but the cutouts and 3D installations – the nineteenth century ‘cafe’ where one could sit quietly and read comics from that time, and the crazy studio of Papcio Chmiel, creator of the little monkey Tytus and others, seen above with curator/architect/exhibition designer Tomasz Trzaskalik.
Here I’m sitting next to Zbigniew Lengren’s Professor Filutek from the 1960s. You can also meet Dennis Wojda and Krzysztof Gawronkiewitcz’s strange inhabitants of Mikropolis, and many more before Teraz Komiks! closes on 22nd July. Don’t miss it!