Exhibition "Astérix à la BnF !" in Paris

From October 16, 2013 to January 19, 2014
Exhibition "Astérix à la BnF !" in Paris Quai François-Mauriac 75013 Paris fr

The BnF (Bibliothèque nationale de France) is dedicating a major exhibition to Astérix, the famous cartoon enjoyed for over fifty years by fans large and small in 34 albums, soon to be 35, translated into 111 languages and dialects and with over 350 million copies sold throughout the world.

Covering gestation of the work, its world and its phenomenal reach and universality, this retrospective designed for all types of visitors offers a playful journey to the sources, full immersion in the world of these indomitable Gauls and an analysis of the magic potion which has led to the incredible success of their adventures. 

In March 2011, Albert Uderzo donated to the BnF theoriginal plates from three Asterix albums: Astérix Le Gaulois, the first story in the series,which was published in the comics magazine Pilote on October 29, 1959; La Serpe d’or, the second episode; and, finally, Astérix chez les Belges, the twenty-fourth album, which René Goscinny, who died on November 5, 1977, never saw published.

The exhibition opens on the genesis of Astérix by following in parallel the childhood and youth of the two authors, their shared creations and the launch of Pilote, for which they began to search for a new character. « Our Ancestors the Gauls » was the final, and obvious, choice. The birth certificate of this new creation was the very first original drawing, which opens a bubble that plunges the reader into the world of Astérix, while presenting a colorful portrait gallery and a summary of the trips to discover other lands.

Original or printed plates, handwritten notes and typed storylines carry on a dialog with archeological items which are the emblematic attributes of the series, recalling its historical anchoring as well as its inherent parody.

The third part of the exhibition measures the “Asterix phenomenon” through its national and international impact, film adaptations, derivative toys and games, advertising useand the creation of an amusement park.

Opening times

  • From Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. -7 p.m. / on Sundays: 13 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Closed on Mondays and public holidays

Admission fees and rates

  • Full rate: 7€
  • Reduced rate: 5€

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