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Exhibitions
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Cult Comic Books on Show
   
Work by veteran cartoonist and comic book author Henryk Jerzy Chmielewski is on show in a new exhibition at the Museum of Caricature and Cartoon Art in Warsaw.

Born and raised in Warsaw, Chmielewski, 92, is a Polish graphic artist, draftsman, journalist and poster designer whom Polish audiences know best for the hugely popular Tytus, Romek i A’Tomek comic books. Also known as Papcio Chmiel (Daddy Chmiel), Chmielewski graduated in 1956 from Warsaw’s Fine Arts Academy, where he studied under Prof. Henryk Tomaszewski at the Faculty of Graphic Art. He had his first cartoons published in 1947 in 安iat Przyg鏚, a highly popular magazine for young readers that in 1949 was renamed 安iat M這dych. He worked with the magazine as a journalist and artist until 1983 and continued to publish his work there until 1992.

The Tytus, Romek i A’Tomek comic books that made Chmielewski famous were first printed as comic strips in 安iat M這dych in 1957 and did not become books until 1966. To date, Chmielewski has published 31 Tytus, Romek i A’Tomek books that have sold over 10 million copies. The three titular characters, two scouts and their chimpanzee friend who tries hard to become a human, have also been featured in a number of other publications.

The exhibition at the Museum of Caricature and Cartoon Art is entitled Papcio Chmiel and His Prot嶲廥 and, according to the museum’s acting director El瘺ieta Laskowska, is the first in a series of exhibitions to showcase comic books from Poland and abroad. “The Caricature Museum’s Comic Book Gallery is a project that we plan to continue in the coming years,” said Laskowska.

In addition to comic books, the items on show include original work by Chmielewski such as posters, oil and acrylic paintings as well as photographs and archival materials.

Dec. 8-Feb. 28
Papcio Chmiel and His Prot嶲廥
Eryk Lipi雟ki Museum of Caricature and Cartoon Art, 11 Kozia St., Warsaw