Telling little-known pages of our history through the drawings of one of the world’s greatest comic strip authors. This is the focus of the exhibition “Masters of black and white: Milton Caniff“, which opens its doors at PAFF! Palazzo Arti Fumetto Friuli in Pordenone, on the occasion of its two-year anniversary.
The exhibition celebrates the work of a great American author, Milton Caniff, considered the “Rembrandt of comics” – one of the most important and influential artists in the history of world comics, who also inspired Hugo Pratt – who between the 1930s and 1940s portrayed in images a world of femmes fatales and adventurers.
The exhibition of the author’s 61 plates also provides an opportunity to get closer to the times in which Caniff lived, providing a critical but at the same time participatory reading of the society at the turn of the century. The great author of strips was engaged throughout his production in a careful and expressive representation of the world around him, which he interpreted in a meticulous manner, starting from the clothes and hairstyles of the female protagonists, for which Caniff was inspired by the pages of Vogue, to the use of cinematographic shots from below, openly citing the stylistic style of revolutionary directors of his time such as Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock.
The protagonist of the exhibition is a collection from the 9éme Art Gallery in Paris, exhibited for the first time in Italy, with strips such as “Terry and the Pirates”, “Male Call”, “Dickie Dare” and “Steve Canyon”, which represent an essential reference in the history of narration through images and which have made generations of readers dream.
The exhibition, in compliance with the directives on the prevention of contagion, is set up in the spaces of the historic Villa Galvani and is accessible online in the form of a virtual tour (www.paff.it) thanks to cameras, which allow a 360° visit and in high definition of the exhibition spaces.
The exhibition is realised with the support of the Autonomous Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia and the Municipality of Pordenone. The exhibition has been created in collaboration with the 9éme art Gallery of Paris and with the thematic interventions of the Museum of Fashion and Applied Arts of Gorizia.
To the following link, a video with a preview of the exhibition.