For more than 40 years, Germany has welcomed each and every Asterix album with much warmth and enthusiasm, and sales of the German-language version of the collection rival those of the collection published in French. This goes to show that our cousins from across the Rhine are not angry with Getafix for having used his magic potion to incite the infamous "Asterixian Wars"… On the contrary, further proof of their special bond with the most famous Gaul of them all is provided by the Asterix and the Celts exhibition currently on display at the World Cultural Heritage Site of the Völklingen Ironworks, near Saarbrücken.
Between Saturday, 17 December 2011 and 9 April 2012, more than 300 exhibits are on show in the exceptional surroundings of the Blower Hall, where archaeological artefacts dating from the time of the Gallic War dialogue with storylines and illustrations taken from Asterix.
For this special occasion, Albert Uderzo and Anne Goscinny have opened their private archives, enabling organisers to offer the greatest number of Asterix plate and storyboard facsimiles ever assembled for an exhibition. Displayed in their original format, significantly larger than the versions printed in the albums, the inked and sketched illustrations of Albert Uderzo are all the more fascinating. As regards René Goscinny's working papers, and the typewriter with which he wrote the first 24 Asterix albums, they offer a particularly moving perspective on the creative process behind the adventures of the small Gaul with the winged helmet.
Not forgetting, of course, this art show - like nothing you have seen before - with the principal parodies of famous masterpieces found in the Asterix albums, printed on large-format canvas. These museums are crazy!