The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), SC Exhibitions and Marvel Entertainment have teamed up to produce an inventive, exciting show celebrating the artistic production of ‘The House of Ideas.’
For people around the world, Marvel conjures up images of one thing: super heroes. Whether in the vibrant colors of comic books, or the all-consuming brilliance of the big screen, Marvel characters have captured imaginations for the past 80 years.
Readers and viewers alike have been catapulted into a vibrant alternate universe of characters and stories that defy belief. The launch of Marvel’s ambitious movie franchise has only heightened this fascination, and as comic books gain a firm foothold as a legitimate part of our visual culture and heritage, there’s a unique opportunity to look back on the publisher’s enduring, and incomparable, legacy. It’s also a chance to recognize the so-called “imaginauts” – such as Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko – behind the stories that have made the Marvel saga one of the most expansive fictional universes ever created.
Marvel has honed a signature storytelling style that’s drawn millions of visitors to cinemas around the world. Its Marvel Cinematic Universe burst onto the scene in 2008 with “Iron Man,” and kickstarted a super hero fervor that’s still raging. In 2016, six of the 20 top films worldwide were super hero movies, and four of them featured Marvel characters; the top-grossing film of that year was also a Marvel movie. 2018 marks 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and 2019 is the company’s 80th anniversary. There couldn’t be a better time for a well-rounded museum exhibition that tells the story of the company, and its cast of super heroes, to what is sure to be a legion of visitors – from families with children, to pop culture and comic book enthusiasts, as well as moviegoers, keen collectors and anyone who’s been awed by the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the last 10 years.
SC Exhibitions is currently working with world class designers Studio TK to develop a concept for an exhibition that will use rare and original artifacts – including some of the publisher’s most iconic pages, and costumes and props – to bring Marvel’s history to life, exploring its heritage in both print and on-screen. Some of these artifacts have never been seen by the public before. They will uncover individual characters, and their narratives, as well as the development of the company as a whole and its influence on contemporary visual culture. SC Exhibitions has partnered with an outstanding curatorial team, including three renowned scholars of comics, that led the show’s development. Benjamin Saunders is curator of the show, working in close collaboration with Matthew J. Smith and Randy Duncan, all of them university professors and experts in this field. MoPOP curators Brooks Peck and Jacob McMurray, as well as comic book writers Anne Nocenti and Danny Fingeroth, complete the curatorial lead team.
Alongside their expertise, SC Exhibitions is working with acclaimed composers Lorne Balfe and Hans Zimmer – who have made music for some of the world’s best-loved films – on a soundscape. Produced in partnership with Marvel Themed Entertainment, the show will carry the MoPOP brand too. The exhibition will make its world premiere in April 2018, at the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle.
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