17.11.2019 – 25.10.2020
The series Les Cités obscures by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters is considered a masterpiece in the universe of contemporary Franco-Belgian comic books. The extraordinary and poetic drawings, as well as the intimate and reflective scenarios in these volumes are, according to their authors, “transposed reflections of the Earth” and question order and disorder, normality and difference, and the search for the true meaning of our condition.
Apart from the specificity of each album, a notable observation can be made: that the different stories in the series draw numerous parallels – through both their aesthetics and storyline – with the traditions of utopia and dystopia. It is in order to better grasp the contours and functions of these traditions that the Maison d’Ailleurs wished to create echoes between the works of Schuiten and Peeters, those of three Swiss artists – Sébastien Mettraux, Louis Loup Collet and Thomas Crausaz –, technological devices designed by the HEIG-VD, and the museum’s collection.
|Press kit||Order the catalogue “Mondes (im)parfaits”|
|Order the booklet “Les Dystopies du numérique”|
|Order the poster by François Schuiten|
|Order the poster by Notter+Vigne|