Exhibition from 6 June through 27 September 2015
Dick Matena (The Hague, 24 April 1943) is the most versatile comic strip artist in the Netherlands. His work ranges from humorous comic strips for young people to controversial ones for adults. His most innovative contribution to the world of the comic strip is his adaptation of literary masterpieces.
When he was only seventeen, he began his career at Toonder Studios where he drew, among other things, the daily Tom Poes comics. At the end of the 1960s, he started as a freelancer and contributed the humorous comics De Argonautjes, Riddder Roodhart and Grote Pyr to the comic strip magazine Pep. In the 1970s, Dick Matena made a career switch: he started drawing more realistically and began aiming his work at adults in magazines such as Gummi, Titanic and Comics. These comic strips also led to his international breakthrough in Europe and the United States.
At the beginning of the twenty-first century, he realized an old dream by transforming De avonden by Gerard Reve into a comic strip. After this he also adapted works by some of his other favourite authors such as Jan Wolkers, Charles Dickens, Theo Thijssen and Willem Elsschot. Especially in his work for adults, Dick Matena has played a groundbreaking role in the Dutch comic book world, not only because of his fascinating interpretations of existing literature but also because of his exploration of the boundaries of morality.