East Garden Foyer
05 April 2017 - 31 May 2017
Fans of illustrated tales are in for a treat this season. Visit “Pictures Of Imagination – A Jules Verne Exhibition” and embark on an extraordinary journey to discover the world of Jules Verne through the eyes of graphic novel artists from the Angoulême International Comics Festival – one of the most influential comics-related event producer.
French novelist, Jules Verne is best known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction. His novels include titles such as Voyages Extraordinaires, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days.
According to Verne's editor Pierre-Jules Hetzel, the goal of the Voyages Extraordinaires was "to outline all the geographical, geological, physical, and astronomical knowledge amassed by modern science and to recount, in an entertaining and picturesque format ... the history of the universe.” Verne's meticulous attention to detail and scientific trivia, coupled with his sense of wonder and exploration, form the backbone of the Voyages. Part of the reason for the broad appeal of his work was the sense that the reader could really learn knowledge of geology, biology, astronomy, palaeontology, oceanography and the exotic locations and cultures of world through the adventures of Verne's protagonists. This great wealth of information distinguished his works as "encyclopaedic".
Jules Verne gave imagery a particular significance and explored connections between text and picture, making them inseparable. These mythical images that are remembered today have inspired international authors who revisit the images and the imagination of Jules Verne through drawings, comics and artworks.
In order to present Jules Verne’s evocation, this unique exhibition is presented in two sequences:
This exhibition is part of Voilah! French Festival 2017.