The exhibit includes over 400 works by Hugo Pratt, including drawings, water colours, india ink drawings, magazines and rarities as well as all the164 original platesfor“Una Ballata del Mare Salato”(A Ballad of the Salt Sea), a classic of comic strip literature in which Corto Maltese made his debut.
The exhibitionHugo Pratt e Corto Maltese - 50 anni di viaggi nel mitoat Palazzo Pepoli - Museo della Storia di Bologna(4 November 2016 - 19 March 2017),celebratesHugo Pratt and 50 years of his alter ego Corto Maltese: a twentieth century literary myth, an anti-hero born at La Valletta in 1887 to an English sailor and an Andalusian gypsy, 1.83 metres tall with honey-coloured eyes and a ring in his left ear; a romantic mariner and gentleman of fortune, who haunted the dreams of generations of readers.
Hugo Pratt, an expert on humanity and folklore, globetrotter, actor, guitarist, but above all a man who applied his limitless imagination to drawing literature, has crafted artful pages that intertwine fiction and twentieth century history through the eyes of a romantic adventurer. He was born on the beach at Rimini in 1927, was a tramp and traveler; but he was entirely Venetian, he was skilled at instilling the importance of the sea in his readers, creating illusions as if with mirrors, interweaving imagination and reality. He evoked the atmosphere typical to picaresque novels: dangerous women, abstract art and photographic realism.
The exhibition displays Corto Maltese as well as Anne of the Jungle(1959),Ernie Pike(1961),Sergeant Kirk(1955), and the incredible plates and water colours of theDesert Scorpionsthat take us to the Ethiopia of 1941-1942, superimposing imaginary characters on historical figures.
Hugo Pratt e Corto Maltese - 50 anni di viaggi nel mito is organised by CMS, Cultura Genus Bononiae, Musei nella Città and with the support of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna, and in collaboration with Cong – Hugo Pratt Art Properties. Curated by Patrizia Zanotti.
Tuesday to Friday 10am – 7pm; Saturday 10am – 8pm; Sunday 10am – 7pm (Last admittance one hour before closing time). Closed on Mondays
Special opening times Thursday 17 November 10am – 10pm / Thursday 8 December 10am – 7pm / Thursday 15 December 10am – 10pm / Saturday 24 December 10am – 4pm / Sunday 25 December 10am – 7pm / Monday 26 December 10am – 7pm / Saturday 31 December 10am – 4pm / Sunday 1 January 10am – 7pm / Monday 2 January 10am – 7pm / Friday 6 January 10am – 7pm / Thursday 19 January 10am – 10pm / Thursday 26 January 10am – 10pm / Thursday 16 February 10am – 10pm / Saturday 28 January, for the Art City White Night, special opening until midnight.
Tickets Open ticket € 13.00 (visit the exhibition without fixing a date or exact time. The ticket can be used as a gift) Full price € 11.00 Reduced price € 9.00 (military personnel and members of the police forces, handicapped people, accredited journalists, holders of Bologna Welcome Card, holders of Metropolitan Museums Card, holders of a City Red Bus ticket, holders of an IKEA Family Card, members of TPER, FAI, Alitalia, Coop and Touring Club, and those taking part in guided tours) Special Reduced price € 8.00 (visitors 6-18 year old not in school groups, university students presenting their cards on Tuesdays, holders of tickets for the Palazzo Fava exhibition “Bologna dopo Morandi. 1945-2015”, members of the public who attend the special Thursday openings from 7pm to 10pm, tickets to other Genus Bononiae venues: Santa Maria della Vita, San Colombano and Palazzo Fava) Free tickets: children up to 5 years old (inclusive) not in school groups; group leaders (1 for each group); teachers accompanying pupils/students (2 for each group); ICOM members presenting their membership cards; one helper per handicapped person; holders of a Genus Bononiae Membership Card; accredited tourist guides; accredited journalists on duty, subject to application for accreditation. Reduced price for groups € 9.00 booking required, min 10, max 30 pax. Reduced price for schools € 5.00 booking required, max 30 pax Family ticket € 23.00 (1 adult + 2 children) Family ticket € 30.00 (2 adults + 2 children)
From 27 to 29 January admission with reduced price € 9,00 with Arte Fiera or Set Up ticket. Saturday 28 January, for the Art City White Night, from 7pm to midnight (last admission at 11pm) special reduced price for everyone € 5,00.
Free cloakroom. Bags and backpacks must be deposited. Photographs can only be taken without flash. Access and toilets for the disabled. No pushchairs, umbrellas, animals, food or drinks. Free entrance to Bookshop and Café.
Hugo Pratt e Corto Maltese - 50 anni di viaggi nel mito