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Gepubliceerd op 07-05-2017 om 17:21u

door Saskia Gheysens

Pastiches in cartooning

Winners in front of there works

Yesterday I was at the opening ceremony of the Cartoonfestival 'Brueghel anno 2017' in Peer. 

 

Peer acquired city rights in 1367 and so the city of Peer celebrates its  650th anniversary in 2017. One of the activities during the festive year is a cartoon contest about Pieter Brueghel The Elder. Brueghel was born in the 16th Century, in Grote-Brogel  , now a part of Peer, next to Bree (in Latin: Breda - that's way some think he is born there).

 

The organisers did not want to get bogged down in the past so they only had one question to the cartoonists: 'How would look a painting of Brueghel now, if he would live and work in Peer anno 2017?

 

An interesting, but difficult theme ... and yet 260 cartoonists from 55 countries were inspired by Brueghel's work.

 

During the opening ceremony some inaugurational speeches talked about the many parodies that were made of Brueghels work. And yet I wonder if 'Parody' is the right word for these cartoons.

 

Wikipedia tells me that Simon Dentith, defines parody as "any cultural practice which provides a relatively polemical allusive imitation of another cultural production or practice." Some say that a parody has the aim to make fun of the original art work by imitating it in a satirical way. 

 

Well I did see, during the exhibition, very few cartoons that were mocking of Brueghels art works. Most of the cartoonists did respect style, the subject and the composition of Brueghels works. They just, as the contest described, brought it to the 21th century.

 

Perhaps we should call it a form of Pastiche. A pastiche is an artform where an artist makes an art work in the same style as the original one or by putting different art works together to one new art piece. Pastiche does not make fun of the original work, moreover it really has the intention to celebrate it.

 

But cartoons are fun no? I hear you thinking. Well let's say that most of the cartoons in the exhibition are Pastiches inspired by Brueghel's work, but due to the fact that it is transformed in to 2017, it gets a funny, satirical factor. Or it let us, at least, reflect on our society.

 

Oh by the way, it was IOA, Nikola Hendrickx who won the contest. Slawolir Makal (Poland) was 2nd and the 3th prize was for Sergey Sichenko (Israël).

 

We had a great evening and enjoyed the exhibition. You can still see it till the 31th of July in the beautiful Peer: www.peer.be

 

 

 

 

 

 

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