“Comics in Museums”, a project by the Ministry of Culture (MiC), created in collaboration with Coconino Press – Fandango and the support of Ales SpA, and designed to bring new generations closer to places of culture, will be on display at the Palais Kheireddine Museum in Tunis from 9 to 30 June.
The 51 comic books were created with the involvement of some of the leading graphic novel authors to tell of the art collections in Italian museums. After winning the Gran Guinigi award in 2018 for the best editorial initiative of the year at the Lucca Comics & Games Festival, the series was selected by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (Maeci) to promote the Italian cultural heritage on an international level. through the distribution of the series in the offices of the diplomatic-consular network, the Italian Cultural Institutes and Italian schools abroad, as well as through specific promotion and communication initiatives.
Tunis therefore represents the first international stage of this long journey of “Comics in Museums” around the world which will begin on 9 June at the Palais Kheireddine Museum thanks to the interest shown by the Italian Cultural Institute of Tunis which has seized the opportunity to set up the exhibition dedicated to the project, curated by Mattia Morandi, Chiara Palmieri and Simona Cardinali, in which the images on the covers of the books and a selection of the original plates preserved in the Comics Collection in the Museums of the Central Institute for Graphics in Rome, created in 2019 thanks to this project, are exhibited.
This new exhibition represents a further stage of “Comics in Museums”, the project by the Ministry of Culture that has strengthened and renewed the relationship between Italian cultural institutions and the Ninth art. The exhibition is also an opportunity to represent the liveliness and strength of contemporary Italian comics abroad, declare the curators.
The books in the Comics in Museums series are also on sale, online (www.fumettineimusei.it) and in Italian bookstores. With the purchases you contribute to financing the educational activities of the museums, a part of the proceeds from the sales are used to support the printing of copies that are distributed free to students during the educational activities organized by the museums.
For more information, go to iictunisi.esteri.it.