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Exhibition: Valhalla - The Old Gods Are Back

Exhibition: Valhalla - The Old Gods Are Back
National Library of Estonia, 6th floor exhibition hall (Tõnismägi 2, Tallinn)
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Peter Madsen's comic book exhibition VALHALLA – The Old Gods Are Back is open on the sixth floor exhibition hall of the National Library of Estonia from 17 March to 16 April 2016.  

VALHALLA - The Old Gods Are Back

A thunderstorm is approaching as Thor, the God of Thunder, and his kinsman Loki arrive at the farm where the siblings Tjalfe and Røskva live. Because of the actions of the treacherous Loki, Thor brings them along to the land of the gods, Asgard, where the two children are involved in an adventurous story, culminating in the escape of the dreaded Fenris-Wolf and the threat it poses to the peace of Asgard!

So starts the story of ‘Cry Wolf’ – the first comic book in Peter Madsen's Valhalla series about the Old Norse gods and their exploits. This is just one on many stories exploring the tales of Nordic Mythology from the original Old Icelandic Eddas, written almost 800 years ago. Peter Madsen brings the stories to live through beautiful and dramatic paintings and drawings and introduces them to a new generation of young and youthful souls alike.

The exhibition is a selection of cover page artwork and original drawings from the seven different comic albums expanding over a period of 30 years. This give the spectator a chance to watch the art and stories evolve. The paintings and drawings are chosen and arranged by the artist.

Peter Madsen is a drawing artist and illustrator, an author, a filmmaker and a lecturer. He was born on 12 May, 1958 in the city of Aarhus, Denmark. Peter Madsen had his first strips published at the age of fifteen, and then chose to study medicine. During the years 1980-84 this was his main occupation until he gave up his studies to be able to concentrate on directing the animated feature film Valhalla, which won the Cannes Film Festival Public's Prize for Best Film for Children and Youth. But he is probably best known for the series of Valhalla comic albums published in eleven different languages. Volume 1 has so far sold more than 100,000 copies in Denmark alone.

Register for the events during the exhibition: 

19 March at 15
Kristel Pallasma's lecture on Scandinavian mythology (in Estonian)

24 March at 17
Screening of animated film "Valhalla" (in Danish with English subtitles and Estonian translation)

31 March at 17
Screening of animated film "Valhalla" (in Danish with English subtitles and Estonian translation)

7 April at 17
Comic book workshop with Joonas Sildre (in Estonian)

The events are with free entrance and take place at the Sixth Floor Exhibition hall of the National Library of Estonia.
Pre-registration to, mark date and name of the event on subject line.

From 3 March to 1 April comic strip competition takes place for pupils in Grades 5-12.
Find exhibition info in Facebook here.

The exhibition is organised by the Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in cooperation with the Royal Danish Embassy in Tallinn and the National Library of Estonia. The exhibition is transported by DSV.