Good Grief, Charlie Brown!
Somerset House, London
– 3 March 2019
Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts are currently taking centre stage at Somerset House in London. In addition to the popular cartoons, the exhibition showcases works by contemporary artists inspired by Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts. It highlights the current cultural and social significance of the comic strip, which has been produced since the 1950s.
Charles M. Schulz drew 17,897 comic strips, which were published in newspapers all over the world. With philosophical and political wit, his strips dealt with topics from art, religion, business, and other socially relevant areas by portraying a group of children in everyday situations.
Alongside numerous comic strips, the exhibition displays the author’s personal objects from the Schulz Museum, other related products such as a sweatshirt collection with Snoopy as the main motif, as well as contemporary explorations of the stories about the Peanuts through sculpture, film or music.
The social relevance of the comic becomes clear when you come across the “Silver Snoopy” badge, a NASA award for outstanding achievement in the safety of human flight or the success of a mission. A cinema, an interactive installation of Lucy’s psychiatric aid station, typewriters and light boxes for the independent production of comic strips offer different approaches to the exhibition content.
The accompanying programme to the exhibition includes artist’s talks, conferences on educational issues and thematic evening walks.