Posted on May 7, 2017
MARVEL: FROM COMICS TO CINEMA
Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), SC Exhibitions and Marvel Entertainment to announce the world premiere of MARVEL: FROM COMICS TO CINEMA (working title) in Seattle in May 2018
St. Louis/Seattle/Berlin, May 7, 2017. – At the annual meeting of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) in St. Louis, Jasen Emmons, senior curator at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, and Christoph Scholz, director of German producer SC Exhibitions, announced their co-production of a new touring exhibition about the art and history of Marvel, the renowned comic book publisher and film studio.
The exhibition is currently being developed under the working title MARVEL: FROM COMICS TO CINEMA by an international curatorial and design team, under the creative leadership of MoPOP’s senior curator Jacob McMurray. Renowned comic experts Ben Saunders, Matthew Smith and Randy Duncan complete the curatorial team.
From enduring legacy characters such as Captain America, The Avengers and Spider-Man, to the rag-tag misfits The Guardians of the Galaxy, the Marvel powerhouse has invented and continually re-invented some of the world’s most popular comic characters, beloved by generations of readers, movie-goers and video-gamers. Over the years, Marvel artists and writers have created an enchanting, interconnected fictional universe, one that has influenced global pop culture from fashion to street art. With thousands of characters still to explore, Marvel has become a pillar in the entertainment world, captivating fans of all ages. Beginning long ago in yellow newsprint as disposable tales told in words and pictures, and spun for kids at a dime a pop, comics have evolved into a respected literary art form found in libraries and museums collections around the world. The richness of Marvel’s creative production is a treasure trove for fans and scholars alike.
To honour this artistic production, under the working title MARVEL: FROM COMICS TO CINEMA, the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) in Seattle, German producer SC Exhibitions and Marvel Entertainment have teamed up to produce an inventive, exciting exhibit celebrating the 78-year history and legacy of the legendary Marvel comics.
The MARVEL exhibition will display renowned artifacts, spectacular art, and immersive and interactive exhibits, combining the art and history that form the tapestry of Marvel’s enduring fictional universe. The exhibit honours both the creators behind the myths and the fans who sustain them. Visitors to the exhibit will be enthralled by famous props from films, see original pages from favorite artists and stories, follow the process, from idea to art, of the making of a Marvel Comic, and attend special events with Marvel creators.
Capturing a worldwide phenomenon at this unprecedented moment in the cultural history of Marvel Comics, this exhibit will be both a delight for longtime fans and insiders, and an exciting introduction into the fantastic world of imagination and creativity behind Marvel Comics. We invite you to join us and witness it yourself in May 2018, at the world premiere in the Museum of Pop Culture Seattle.
To learn more about Marvel: From Comics to Cinema (working title), the partnership between SC Exhibitions, MoPOP and Marvel, email us or stop by Booth # 2613 in the AAM Expo Hall – May 8, 9 or 10.
About THE MUSEUM OF POP CULTURE (MoPOP)
MoPOP is a cutting edge, nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel popular culture. With its roots in rock ‘n’ roll, MoPOP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through collections, exhibitions and educational programs, using interactive technologies to engage and empower its visitors. At MoPOP, artists, audiences and ideas converge, bringing understanding, interpretation and scholarship to the popular culture of our time. MoPOP is housed in a 140,000 square foot Frank Gehry-designed building. This spectacular, prominently visible structure has the presence of a monumental sculpture set amid the backdrop of the Seattle Center.
About SC EXHIBITIONS
SC Exhibitions creates exhibitions which travel worldwide, and hosts international exhibitions in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland. SC Exhibitions is a division of Semmel Concerts, the large German live entertainment producer. Since SC Exhibitions started touring its exhibitions “Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures,” “The Discovery of King Tut” and recently “Magic City – The Art of the Street,” they have reached an audience of more than seven million people worldwide, and built a strong international network within museums, science centres, cultural venues and the creative industries. The network is the basis for the biennial Touring Exhibitions Meeting, the world’s only conference dedicated entirely to touring exhibitions.
About Marvel Entertainment, LLC
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-six years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information, visit www.marvel.com. © 2017 MARVEL
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