Crepax + Napoleone, Marengo e altre battaglie di carta
from 08 December 2023 to 01 April 2024
The battles are a less well-known project to the public at large, designed "for fun" by the great Milanese master of comics and illustration Guido Crepax.
After university, Crepax elaborates twenty historical battles on paper - including the battle of Marengo - which he realizes in his spare time over almost ten years. The exhibition at Palazzo Cuttica is organised by the Municipality of Alessandria and the Company Costruire Insieme, curated by the Crepax Archive and Alessandra Coppa with the graphic project by Andrea Lancellotti. It has been realized with original documents specifically designed for the city of Alessandria, where only the battles of Crepax will be on show for the first time.
He started out as game creator in 1946 when he created simple but effective sport simulations: cycling, football, athletics, motor racing and boxing.
The game of battles is his best and most complex. After careful research in the library to read up on the battle fields, the size of the armies, the uniforms, and weapons, Crepax realized hundreds of cardboard soldiers, each was drawn and coloured back and front, cut out and glued onto pedestals of balsa wood and finally nitro-polished and balanced with a small lead square. He faithfully reproduced numerous historical battles, between the early 1950s and the late 1960s, and Palazzo Cuttica will exhibit the battles of Marengo, Trafalgar, Waterloo, Solferino and San Martino.
It is an out and out game, in which armies confront each other, a sort of anticipation of the first "wargames" and subsequent role-playing games at the computer.
Inauguration of exhibition: 8 December 5 pm
Presentation of catalog during the event dedicated entirely to Guido Crepax: 13 December at 5 pm
Opening times Palazzo Cuttica:
from Thursday to Sunday: from 3 pm to 7 pm
Group visits by appointment (also weekdays)
Marengo Museum: open Saturday and Sunday from 3 pm to 7 pm.
EXHIBITION EXTENDED TO 1 APRIL
The exhibition in Palazzo Cuttica has been extended to 1 April 2024
The battles of Marengo, Trafalgar, Waterloo, Solferino and San Martino will remain on show here.
"GIOCARE CON L'IMPERATORE" PROJECT
Also attached is the flyer on the collateral initiative to the exhibition of the project "Giocare con l'imperatore", organised by the City of Alessandria and ASM Costruire Insieme, with three scheduled meetings on great history with the toy soldiers of Guido Crepax curated by Roberto Coaloa - and the initiative “Fumetti al Museo” - workshops curated by Inchiostro Festival. For more information refer to the single dedicated events.
Information and contacts
via Parma 1 Palazzo Cuttica - Alessandria