Press : Superheroes

Zeichnung: R. F. Engel. Aus: „Captain Berlin“ Weissblech Comics von Jörg Buttgereit & Levin Kurio Capfliegtneufreisteller jpg

Superheroes

Duration: 13. September - 26. January 2025
Opening:
12. September 2024
Press-Preview:
12. September 2024, 11 am

SUPERHEROES

13. September 2024 - 26. January 2025

The eternal battle of good versus evil: superheroes have been saving the world for around 100 years. Comics have always been a playground for crazy ideas: men and women who can fly or scale walls, read minds and are virtually invincible – anything is possible and imagination is the only limit!

In its first major comic exhibition, featuring more than 1000 exhibits over 1200 square metres, the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf explores the entire pop culture universe of superheroes – and their arch-rivals, supervillains.

People all over the world are fascinated by these superhuman superpowers, by the parallel universes, characters and stories that have so strongly influenced our cultures. Superheroes embody the wishes, dreams and hopes of humanity and are a collective vision created to defend democracy. These characters have not only become part of a universal pop culture, but have also been successfully integrated into our everyday lives – from fancy dress costumes to mindset coaching for business heroes.

What defines a hero today? How have these characters evolved over time? In our increasingly fragile world, isn’t there a need for new superheroes who can serve as representatives of universal values and guardians of peace and justice?

The exhibition is curated by Alain Bieber, Artistic Director of the NRW-Forum.

Superheroes

Duration: 13. September - 26. January 2025
Opening:
12. September 2024
Press-Preview:
12. September 2024, 11 am

Curator:
Alain Bieber, Artistic Director of the NRW-Forum


Press images

The image material listed may be used freely for thematic reporting (in print and online media as well as on social media channels) and provided that the photo credits given are cited. Six weeks after the end of the exhibition, the free right of use expires.

Tom Bancroft (*1967) Harley Quinn DC Rebirth #2, Juli 2017 Variant Cover Tusche auf Papier 43 x 28 cm Privatsammlung © 2024 DC All rights reserved Tom Bancroft, „Harley“. Privatsammlung © DC Comics


Sebastian Utzni, M-Maybe, 2016/17 Sebastian Utzni, M-Maybe, 2016/17


Jesus Merino, Wonder Woman, German exclusive, Privatsammlung, © DC Comics Jesus Merino, Wonder Woman, German exclusive, Privatsammlung, © DC Comics


Zeichnung: R. F. Engel. Aus: „Captain Berlin“ Weissblech Comics von Jörg Buttgereit & Levin Kurio Zeichnung: R. F. Engel. Aus: „Captain Berlin“ Weissblech Comics von Jörg Buttgereit & Levin Kurio


Akira Shotaro Kaneda mit Motorrad Actionfigur Kunststoff, Thermoplast H: 20 cm © Katsuhiro Otomo/Kōdansha, TMS-Entertainment. Foto: Alice Consonni Akira Actionfigur Katsuhiro Otomo Kōdansha TMS Entertainment Foto Alice Consonni


Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom) x Renji Range Murata Version, 2015 Soft Vinyl, Aluminium H: 42 cm © Osamu Tezuka/Kōbunsha, Mushi Production. Foto: Alice Consonni Astro Boy Actionfigur Osamu Tezuka Kōbunsha Mushi Production Foto Alice Consonni


Sailor Guardians Actionfiguren Kunststoff, Thermoplast H: 14 cm © Naoko Takeuchi/Kōdansha, Tōei Animation. Foto: Alice Consonni Sailor Guardians Actionfiguren Naoko Takeuchi Kōdansha Tōei Animation Foto Alice Consonni




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