Tomi Ungerer

It's All About Freedom

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Tomi Ungerer
It's All About Freedom

Text(s) by Thomas David, Belinda Grace Gardner, Dirk Luckow, Aria Ungerer, Thérèse Willer, graphic design by Kühle und Mozer

German, English

2021. 264 pp., 180 ills.

Paperback with Flaps

22.50 x 28.50 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-5205-3

With Sharp Pen

World famous for timeless classics such as The Three Robbers and Moon Man, Tomi Ungerer is considered one of the most influential graphic artists, illustrators, and children’s book authors. What is less well known, however, is that much of his drawing and graphic work was inspired by satirical observations of US society and politics. This beautifully-designed catalogue presents for the first time a cross-section from nine decades of his artistic work—from childhood drawings to collages and objects. Shedding new light on his work by making it possible to comprehend political and stylistic lines and breaks, it’s all about freedom offers deeper insights into the artistic dimension of the “freewheeling” artist’s extensive oeuvre. Featuring hitherto unpublished works, this catalogue identifies recurring biographical and sociopolitical motifs that Ungerer experimented with across genres—always informed by his ambiguous humor and cutting wit.

A polymath and a provocateur, TOMI UNGERER (1931–2019) published over 140 books. He grew up in Alsace, France, and lived and worked in New York from 1956–1971. After spending several years in Nova Scotia, Canada. he moved to a farm in Southern Ireland in 1976.

EXHIBITION
Deichtorhallen/Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg,
November 27, 2021–April 24, 2022
In Cooperation with the Musée Tomi Ungerer-Centre international de l’Illustration and the Tomi Ungerer Estate

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