Winsor McCay (1869–1934)
Comics, Movies, Dreams
7 to 10 June 2012
Opening hours: Thu noon–7 p.m., Fri/Sat 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Kongresszentrum Heinrich-Lades-Halle, Großer Saal
Winsor McCay is one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Innovative pictorial inventions, cinematographic perspectives and surrealistic content are typical of his work. Not least his examinations of human manias, dreams and nightmares in both of his main series “Little Nemo in Slumberland” and ”Dream of a Rarebit Fiend” make his works equal to the fine art of his time. McCay saw comics as the new art of the 20th century. He wanted to use them to realize the highest aesthetic demands under the economic and technical conditions of mass production. At the same time, he decisively influenced the technical and aesthetic development of movies. He created the first animated movies in motion picture history. The exhibition is a co-production of the Bilderbuchmuseum der Stadt Troisdorf, the Wilhelm Busch-Museum Hannover, the Cartoonmuseum Basel, the Graphik-Kabinett der Stadt Backnang, the Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte in Kooperation mit der Galerie im RWE Tower Dortmund and the Erlangen International Comic Salon.