Fix & Foxi.
Rolf Kauka, the German Walt Disney, and His Cult Foxes
Ludwigsgalerie, Schloss Oberhausen
– 09 September 2018
With over 200 original drawings, sketches, and documents, “Fix und Foxi” currently on show in Oberhausen is the most comprehensive exhibtion to date on the German comic producer and publisher, Rolf Kauka.
In addition to some insights into the practical working methods of a comic illustrator and the extensive offer of workshops and readings, the exhibition demonstrates the development of the stories about the popular characters, Fix and Foxi, first published in 1953.
These foxes were frequently called “Mickey Mouse’s German counterparts” and their creator, the “German Walt Disney”. Rolf Kauka first brought German comics to the market with the magazines published from 1953 to 2010 and, in the following years, exerted a great influence on the industry. He employed several illustrators under the Kauka trademark, including Bone Buddrus, who wrote a new comic strip specially for the Ludwigsgalerie and who will be present in person at the exhibition. All the exhibits come from the estate of Kauka, who died in the year 2000. The museum’s education programme includes tours around the exhibition for children and adults, and practical creative workshops in the museum’s studio. The exhibition spans a period from the beginnings of Kauka’s comic output to contemporary magazines and short films. The fact that Kauka’s cult characters are still popular today is a clear sign of his “enterpreneurial far-sightedness and the quality of his work”.