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Ole Ahlberg

'He is known by many for his artworks starring Hergé's cartoon characters Tintin, Haddock and others and placing them in a new, artistic and often erotic context.'

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Ole Ahlberg

Ole Ahlberg was unsuccessfully sued by Moulinsart (holder of the Tintin copyrights) for the use of the illustrations of Tintin and the brothers Jansen in his paintings. The judges equated the artist with the argument that parody is falling under Belgian and international copyright.

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The Danish artist Ole Ahlberg (1949) is a painter with a rapidly growing international audience. He is known by many for his artworks starring Hergé's cartoon characters Tintin, Haddock and others and placing them in a new, artistic and often erotic context. These artworks by Ole Ahlberg Kuifje (Tintin) are loved by a large audience and many sold-out editions are being sold for high art prizes at auctions.

Ole Ahlberg was unsuccessfully sued by Moulinsart, the copyright holder of Tintin, for the use of the illustrations of Tintin and the brothers Jansen in his paintings. The lawsuits on this started in 2001 with a Brussels exhibition in which the specific works were shown. The lawyers at Moulinsart demanded that the offending images should removed from the exhibition. Ole Ahlberg refused and came to court. The judges equated the artist with the argument that parody is falling under Belgian and international copyright. Moulinsart, however, continued to litigate. 

The case is still ongoing and will possibly come to an end by the judgment of the European court, who will almost certainly be found in Ole Ahlbergs favour.

The early paintings by Ole Ahlberg were created by the motto: "an image in an image in an image". Like a set of Chinese boxes. Now he only uses one central image plane and one central scene. He also exchanged his former Vanitas symbols such as peeled lemons, hourglasses and skulls for more contemporary themes. With this Ole Ahlberg has left his subtle illusionism for more "normal" paintings, but without losing enigmatism and ambiguity.

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