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Asterix in Britain exhibition ready to open doors

Major retrospective on co-creator René Goscinny to run at Jewish Museum London.

A high profile retrospective on the co-creator of the Asterix brand, René Goscinny, is due to open at Jewish Museum London next week.

Asterix in Britain: Life and Work of René Goscinny will run from May 10 until September 30.

It will focus on the life and work of the writer of comics including Asterix – which he created with cartoonist Albert Uderzo in 1959 – and Lucky Luke.

Over 100 items gathered from around the world will be displayed for the first time together in the UK, including original artworks, scripts and storyboards, as well as René’s own tools, sketchbooks and family photographs.

The exhibition highlights the writer’s contribution to European culture, at the same time as unearthing the substance of his Jewish heritage.

Abigail Morris, director of the Jewish Museum, said: “We have gathered materials of an unprecedented scale and richness for this exhibition, which highlights the brilliance and creativity of a remarkable writer, the child of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, who made a huge contribution to European culture.

“Characters like Asterix, humorously yet shrewdly tell the story of a marginalised people under threat and how a small village use their wits to resist an occupying force.”

Abigail continued: “It’s a story which appeals not only to all ages but resonates with readers all over the world. Visitors will learn not only about the outputs of Goscinny’s prolific career, but also about the cultural heritage that lay behind his genius.”

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