Hugo Pratt, Lignes d’horizons, the exhibition at the Musée D’Aquitaine in Bordeaux: a preview of the journey

At the Museum of Aquitaine in Bordeaux, has landed the installation of “Lignes d’horizons”, the exhibition dedicated to Hugo Pratt based on an original concept by Cong SA. After the great success of the Musée des Confluences in Lyon with more of 500 thousand visitors, the expo is ready  (with a few more innovations) in the beautiful and very central museum of history, archeology and ethnography of Bordeaux. But to visit it you have to wait, in compliance with anti Covid regulations, for the French government to reopen the museums to visitors.

Presentation of the exhibition

Live an immersive journey into the world of the artist-drawer Hugo Pratt, alongside his many heroes, including the famous adventurous sailor Corto Maltese! This is the purpose of this exhibition, which pays tribute to one of the greatest comic book creators.
Visitors embark on a journey through the imaginary and real worlds of Hugo Pratt, discovering the civilisations that inspired a prolific artist, influenced by the cinema, comic strips but also by the literature, the poetry and the world’s music. His original drawings, comic strips and watercolours, echo with ethnographic objects from the collections of the Museum of Aquitaine, French or foreign museums and private collections.

Between sea ports of call and land routes

Hugo Pratt has taken his readers all over the world, with his hero Corto Maltese and other characters such as Ann in Africa or Jesuit Joe in the Canadian North.
Find all his stopovers in a scenography inviting to travel: the great ocean, the roads of Asia, the Amazon, the Africa of masks and warriors, the peoples of the sun, the Indians, the great North, Venice.
A sound environment is added to the itinerary presenting musical instruments and original plates of female figures by Corto Maltese. Then, at the end of the exhibition, you’ll be able to discover a selection of magazine covers drawn by the author and watch the documentary film by Thierry Thomas Hugo Pratt, line for line (2016 – 56 minutes).
As well as showing a large number of original works, the exhibition also evokes his method of research (maps, manuscripts) and work with objects from his workshop: storyboards, colouring of plates, printing proofs, maps, manuscripts.
Hugo Pratt Bordeaux

The museum is the result of the merger of several public collections built up by the city since the sixteenth century. In 1963, collections from other museums in Bordeaux were brought together at the Musée Lapidaire, which was then renamed the Museum of Aquitaine. Today, the museum boasts over 1.3 million pieces, illustrating the history of Bordeaux and the local region from prehistory to the twentieth century. Prestigious collections of regional and extra-European archaeology, history and ethnography retrace the lives of the Aquitaine people and their relationship with the rest of the world.