Hugo Pratt, Rimini and Venice. The two Italian cities that have somehow etched in Hugo's life. The first gave birth. Then, the immediate transfer to Venice, where he would spend the early childhood and then go with the father, in other distant places. Fate has always played an incredibly important role, important, in some cases dramatically, in the life of this great international author. Culture, passion and events have deeply affected the narrative thinking, textual and graphic, Pratt. After a period Ethiopian also strongly affect the structure of some of his novels to become, or graphic novel, come oggi denominati, Hugo ritorna a Venezia, nella crepuscolare città lagunare dove meglio trova ispirazioni per i suoi racconti. A differenza di altri grandi narratori come Salgari o Verne, che poco o nulla hanno viaggiato, Hugo è un viaggiatore, abituato fin dall’infanzia agli spostamenti che farà quasi continuamente, per tutta la sua vita, senza mai separarsi da matite, colori, penne, acquarelli, carta, e quant’altro gli servisse per disegnare e realizzare le sue immagini. I suoi appunti grafici diventeranno poi le storie, i personaggi, gli uomini e le donne, delle sue narrazioni. Le donne, altro punto fermo e importante, nella sua vita. Approfittando del suo fascino e della sua vasta cultura, della conoscenza di varie lingue e altrettanti dialetti, Hugo diventa un rubacuori impenitente, con la complice collaborazione fascinosa di Corto Maltese, il suo personaggio principe, anche lui famoso nel mondo.
Venice today offers him a tribute, the twentieth anniversary of his death, with the exhibition of sketches, drawings, tables and works that remind us, on the edge of the artistic memory of authors who have collaborated with him, which to him were inspired, which they have made the "Venetian school" one of the most amazing art containers that the world of comics has ever known. Stelio Fenzo brought forward after the opening words of Hugo extraordinary characters as The Shadow, Kiwi e Capitan Cormorant, Later renamed Captain Moko. Guido Fuga realized upon request Pratt all vehicles, trains, planes, armored tanks inside the tables Corto Maltese e Scorpions of the desert. Hugo loved the precision of these means, which enriched incredible loyalty to his works, becoming not just accessories, but in some cases silent protagonists. Lele Vianello has completed at various times and moments of his long association boards made by Pratt, and he has completed several projects, before embarking on a career as a writer. Ivo Pavone Pratt has lived with the Argentine adventure, collaborating in the creation of Sergeant Kirk. Stefano Babini lived with Hugo in Lausanne, receiving the Master of Malamocco an incredible artistic imprint, then recounted faithfully in his graphic novel It was not a Picnic!. Milo Manara on Hugo texts made two extraordinary novels, Everything began with a summer Indiana ed The Gaucho, Fundamental in his artistic career. Paolo Cossi, who made a striking comic book biography of Hugo Pratt. These, under the direction of the same Stelio Fenzo, gave rise to the exhibition "Fables of Venice" at the Polymnia center, in Mestre – Venezia – from May 30 to June 14, Sponsored by the municipality of Venice and Venetian Red collaboration of in the Mainland, the comic Super Gulp, of Voilier Editions and the Cartoon Club / Riminicomix, International Film Festival of Animation, Comics and Games, which in the month of July 11 to 26, will bring this exhibition in Rimini remembering, with this twinning the work of Hugo Pratt, at the Modern Wing of the City Museum, via Tonini 1 Rimini Old Town, together with the new edition of Pratt Day 2.0 sees the reunion of all these extraordinary artists.
Egisto Quinti Seriacopi