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Biennale du 9e art 2017: Winsor McCay

Biennale du 9e art will be held in 2017 in Cherbourg. The biennale will be dedicated to the work of Winsor McCay, the father of the American comics 1).

After 7 biennales devoted to European comics, the 2017 biennale will launch a USA cycle. We will explore the transatlantic imaginary links between Cherbourg and the Americas.”, according to Catherine Gentile, deputy mayor for culture 2).

François Schuiten & Benoît Peeters will curate Biennale du 9e art 2017

François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters will be the curators of this exhibition. This is the first monographic exhibition devoted to Winsor McCay in a museum of Fine Arts in France.

With Schuiten and Peeters to maneuver as curators, Biennale 2017 should be exceptional and explore all the dimensions of the work of McCay, “we will focus on modernity of the author and the multimedia aspects, we will trace some of the work from this designer cartoon and we will stage the context of his time, including the Chicago World Expo, that greatly influenced McCay … ”. Visitors will discover original McCay lent by the gallery owner Bernard Mahé & film screenings. For the occasion lectures, screenings and meetings with authors will be organized 3).

From left to right: François Schuiten, Benoît Peeters, Jean-Michel Houllegatte, Catherine Gentile and Bernard Mahé

The exhibition is designed in partnership with the gallerist and collector Bernard Mahé: “We will present some fifty original drawings, often in black and white” 4).


For the occasion François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters gave an interview with Tendance Ouest 5)


In February 2016 François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters met Florence Coudre, Catherine Gentile and Bernard Mahé for some discussions on the exhibition 6).

On March 17, 2017 Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten gave a preview of the Winsor McCay expo in Galerie 9e Art.

Photos: Jérôme Lachasse 7).

Announcement poster

The announcement post was released in December 2016 and it is a mixture of an image by McCay and Schuiten.

As part of this event, 12 Atlantic will publish the Biennale poster in a limited print. The first version will be a 80x60cm format on Modgliani paper. This version will be signed and numbered. The other version will a 70x50cm format on paper Artic, not numbered or signed. A postcard is also planned 8).

Program brochure

The Cherbourg tourism office published the following brochure 9).

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