Calendar 2007

Moebius

The fantastic vision of Moebius invites us to discover the surreal in the reality surrounding us and assist in the birth of Papier genial: the six images depict the unfurling of a long and silent enterprise performed within an enigmatic workshop where evocative characters are involved in the creation of a "genial paper". As in all his stories, here too Moebius creates an air of mystery with a hint of both science–fiction and bygone times.

 


Moebius

Jean Giraud is his registered name: the pseudonym Moebius is taken from the name of the scientist who invented the "impossible figure" of the double ring with two surfaces but only one face, consisting of a strip of paper rotated 180 degrees then joined at both ends.
Born in Fontenay–sous–Bois near Paris, he has shown a great love of cartoons since his childhood. His first cartoon, Les aventures de Franck et Jéremie, was published in "Far West" in 1954 while he was attending the school of applied arts. He then became famous with the long saga of Lieutenant Blueberry, created in 1963 with the scriptwriter Jean Michel Charlier. In the ’70s he took a leading role in moulding the international imagination with the stories of Arzach, an imaginary person created in 1974 for the magazine "Métal Hurlant". Since then his creations have influenced generations of designers, artists and dreamers.
He has inspired epoch–making films such as Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and contributed to the design of numerous others. He has also illustrated books, including The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Ballate by François Villon and Paradiso by Dante Alighieri. A big personal exhibition on Moebius was presented in Italy in 1997, first at the Magazzini Ferroviari ai Lolli in Palermo, then at the Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi in Milan and finally at the Fondazione Querini–Stampalia in Venice.

Jean Giraud died in Paris on March 10, 2012.
 

Moebius