Sunday, 29 September 2019

Tomi Ungerer museum in Strasbourg – France

Artist Tomi Ungerer was born in Strasbourg in 1931. His work is multi-facetted, exploring children books, caricature, satirical drawings, posters, political drawings, and advertisements. He was not afraid to adopt different drawing styles.

The museum opened its doors in 2007 and is located in the centre of Strasbourg. The museum’s collection includes 11,000 of the artist’s drawings and 6,500 toys that Ungerer collected. 

The first floor of the museum is dedicated to the permanent collection of Tomi Ungerer drawings, while the first floor hosts temporary exhibitions. The museum also shows a film with interviews of the artist. 

Ungerer first success came with drawings of a family of humanized pigs called the Mellops.

The Mellops by Tomi Ungerer

The Mellops by Tomi Ungerer

The Mellops by Tomi Ungerer

Ungerer authored a number of children’s books. He is probably best known for his book The Three Robbers which has become a classic for children. 

Zeralda's Ogre by Tomi Ungerer

Colour plate for Zeralda's Ogre by Tomi Ungerer

Line drawing

Corresponding colour plate

When I visited the museum in August 2019, the temporary exhibition was about Europe.

German chancellor Helmut Kohl holding the French President François Mitterrand

Tomi Ungerer Museum-International Illustration Centre
2 avenue de la Marseillaise - Villa Greiner
67000 Strasbourg, France

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