Tomi Ungerer. L’enfant terrible
Well known for his children’s books (the unforgettable Three robbers) and the famous Moon Man, etc.), Tomi Ungerer (1931-2019) was a giant in the world of design in the second half of the 20th century. The fruit of boundless curiosity and unstinting commitment, his work – sharp and incisive, provocative and ever-changing – ranged from political satire to erotic illustrations.
Ungerer grew up in Alsace under the Nazi occupation and bore the scars of this disturbed childhood for the rest of his life. In 1957, like many European artists, he went to try his luck in the United States, where he enjoyed success but also drew condemnation. A staunch defender of freedom of expression, he screamed out his vision of the world through his resolutely vehement and unnerving posters and illustrations. Settling first in Nova Scotia and then in Ireland, he never stopped exploring the many aspects of his creativity, producing a vast, prodigious and unclassifiable body of work.
As part of a partnership with the Musée Tomi Ungerer-Centre International de l’Illustration (Strasbourg), the Fondation Folon is delighted to invite visitors to discover this great artist in spring 2022. An outrageous exhibition, featuring around a hundred of Ungerer’s iconic drawings and posters, in which he pulls no punches.
A comprehensive illustrated brochure has been produced to accompany the exhibition. By F. Pajak and T. Willer. 5,50€.
The exhibition is not recommended for children under 12 years old. An exhibition-workshop “Trois Brigands” will be offered in July-August 2022 for children.
With the support of Wallonia, Walloon Brabant, CGT, Loterie Nationale, Banque Delen, La Première, Musiq’3, Le Soir, Soir Mag, TVCOM and ENSAV La Cambre.