Cartoonists at the Olympics
Cartoonists have long had fun with the Olympics as a topic! This exhibition shows the variety of ways in which they have used the theme:
· at one extreme we have the hard politics of Cummings on the 1980 Polish crisis and Trog’s stark take on the 1972 Munich massacre.
· at the other extreme, we can laugh with the Giles family as the couch potato slumps hypocritically in front of the television criticizing British athletes for their lack of fitness.
The exhibition represents as many of the ‘modern’ Olympics (ie post-1900) as possible. But extra space has been given to the 1948 ‘Austerity Olympics’ in London, as they provide such a strong contrast with the style we are experiencing in 2012 – despite (or perhaps because of) the great postwar shortages of food and clothing, the 1948 Games even made a profit!
Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to choose their favourite cartoon in the exhibition and use the response cards to say which they like – and why.
The exhibition represents a partnership between Canterbury City Council’s Museums & Galleries Service, local sporting groups and figures who gave up time to make a selection and explain their choices, the volunteers who helped to hang the show, and the British Cartoon Archive for lending the original artwork on display and for being such a wonderful resource.
05/07/2012 - 02/09/2012
Daily 10 - 4
Herne Bay Museum and Gallery
William Street, CT6 5EJ