"The Story of People" by Antonio Mingote automatic translate
The ABC Museum for the first time exhibits 316 original works of the writer, humorist and cartoonist Antonio Mingote (Antonio Mingote) in the framework of the exhibition «History of Men» (Historia de la Gente).
Mingote was always honest in his work, he was not stopped even by attacks of censorship of the 50’s. The «History of People» exhibition begins with the commemoration of the Mingote, which will last until September 2.
Antonio Mingote’s first hobby was painting, he dreamed of drawing both the Sistine Chapel and portraits of beautiful ladies in large collars. But his real passion was history. He simply swallowed any book on history that fell into his hands. Mingote made a huge series of drawings of people of all eras with commentaries. The talent of Mingote displayed on paper a prehistoric era, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Crete and Mycenae, Greece, Rome, barbarians, Byzantium, Baroque, sewing machines, Islam, railroad, Middle Ages, America, Renaissance and not only. The choice was made taking into account the most common features to capture the uniqueness of people throughout history. All drawings bear a seal of humor and sarcasm Mingote, thus describing a person and inhuman treatment of their own kind.
Antonio Mingote took the history of the ancient people as an excuse to talk about the strange behavior of the individual, the stupidity of the crowd and the huge heroism, small successes and big mistakes. His goal was not to preach virtue. «Utopias do not like people, they are more boring than the reality of history, and, even worse, completely useless,» he said.
Mingote worked until the last day of his life, even in the hospital. He died in the spring of 2012. In Spain, an annual award is given to his name to the best caricaturist.