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Urbatekt varjatud maailmas

The Obscure World of the Urbatect. Architectural comics by François Schuiten & Benoît Peeters (“Urbatekt varjatud maailmas. François Schuiteni ja Benoît Peetersi arhitektuurikoomiksid” in Estonian) is an exhibition in the Estionan museum of architecture in Tallinn. The exhibition will be held from June 18th until November 8th 2020 1).


The exhibition revolves around the Obscure Cities (Les Cités obscures), graphic novel by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters. Emphasis will be placed on architectural concepts and will present new coloured serigraphs of “La Fièvre d’Urbicande” and original drawings by “Brüsel” and “La Frontière invisible”. A total of 28 original works by François Schuiten, including comic strips, chalk drawings and storybooks, will illustrate the urban planning and architecture that characterise this special world of both artists 2).

Videos of the work process and digital images will also be on display.

Photos by: Eesti Arhitektuurimuuseum, Evert Palmets, Priit Mürk/ER 3) and Laurent Durieux 4).

Press coverage

Tallinna Televisioon made an item about the exhibition with an interview with Sandra Mälk, the curator of the exhibition.

A selection of the press coverage:


The exhibition “Urbatekt varjatud maailmas. François Schuiteni ja Benoît Peetersi arhitektuurikoomiksid” was officially opened on July 1, 2020.

Speeches were given by the museum director Triin Ojari, the culture and communications specialist of the French Institute in Estonia Ulla Kihva and by Sandra Mälk (co-curator of the exhibtion / curator-archivist).

See also: Opening of "The Urbatect in the Obscure World".


Benoît Peeters – the graphic novelist of the series – was planned to give a conference about Obscure Cities at 9th of September. The conference has been postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions to October 8, 2020. Benoît Peeters did an online conference.

Announcement poster

The announcement poster features a new image by François Schuiten. The colours are done by Jack Durieux. Graphics of the poster are done by Koit Randmäe. You can see Schuiten drawing this image at the page about the coloured edition of La Fièvre d'Urbicande.


The following team made this exhibition possible.

Curators: Benoît Peeters, Sandra Mälk
Artist: François Schuiten
Graphic novel writer: Benoît Peeters
Exhibition design: Koit Randmäe
Texts: Sandra Mälk
Translation French: Anu Lutsepp
Translation into English: OÜ Day Kera
Language Editing: Kristel Ress ( LLC Day Kera)
Original drawings: François Schuiten Archival Fund, Coll. King Baudouin Foundation, entrusted to the Bibliotheca Wittockiana, Brussels (Belgium). La Fièvre d’Urbicande with colors by Jack Durieux. Serigraphies printed by Numéris’Art (Belgia)
Picture framing: OÜ Järsi
Supporters: Ministry of Culture (Belgium-Estonian Cultural relations), cultural endowment of Estonia, French Embassy in Estonia, French Institute in Estonia

Many thanks to Anne-Sophie Doms and Julie Lenaerts (King Baudouin Foundation), Géraldine David and Chloé Brault (Bibliotheca Wittockiana), Estonian Comic Society, Jérôme Allard, Eilko Bronsema, Eike Eller, Kadri Jauram, Mari Laaniste, Triin Ojari.

Segadus Urbicande’is

A translated edition of La Fiévre d´Urbicande in Estonian (Segadus Urbicande’is) will be published on June 30th 2020.