GOOD GRIEF, CHARLIE BROWN! Celebrating Schulz’s Inspirational Strips

Somerset House presents Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Peanuts and Its Cultural Legacy exhibition. In a cultural celebration of the world’s most influential comic strip, major winter exhibition brings together original drawings of Charles M. Schulz, alongside works inspired by Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Peanuts, from a range of renowned contemporary artists and designers.

Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Peanuts and Its Cultural Legacy explores the impact of the four-panel comic strips on contemporary cultural scene, uncovering the social, political and philosophical issues. The exhibition showcases over 100 original comic strips and sketches from Schulz Museum and contemporary work from contributing artists; Andy Holden, David Musgrave, Fiona Banner, François Curlet, KAWS, Ken Kagami, Lucas Price, Mark Drew, Mark Mulroney, Mel Brimfield, Mira Calix, Ryan Gander Steven Claydon.

From 1950 to 2000, Charles M. Schulz produced 17, 897 Peanut strips read and loved by 355 million people worldwide. Curator Claire Catterall said: “Schulz had a deep appreciation and love for the arts and he poured this into Peanuts. Just look at Snoopy — he tirelessly read War And Peace, one word per day, and hoped himself to become a ‘World Famous Author’ with titles such as ‘Snow White and the Seven Beagles’, despite repeated rejections.

Exhibition runs from October 25 until 3 March next year.


Image: Detail of Peanuts 06.07.1968 © Peanuts