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Good Grief, Charlie Brown!

Celebrating Snoopy and the enduring Power of Peanuts
25 Oct 2018 – 03 Mar 2019
£14.00 / £11.00 concessions, Under 12s free

Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun 10.00-18.00, Wed-Fri 11.00-20.00 (last entry 1 hour prior to closing time)

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Embankment Galleries
South Wing

GOOD GRIEF, CHARLIE BROWN! brings together Charles M. Schulz original Peanuts cartoons with work from a wide range of acclaimed contemporary artists and designers who have been inspired by this highly influential and much-loved cartoon. Unique in its enduring appeal, this exhibition explores Peanuts’ renewed agency in contemporary culture and society.

"One of the most talked about exhibitions in the UK"

The Guardian

★★★★★ “Touching, iconic and reminds you of what it means to be human”

Time Out

★★★★ "The ultimate Peanuts collection"

Evening Standard

Schulz created 17,897 strips during his life, syndicated to over 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries and translated into 21 languages, reaching a truly global audience in an era long before digital communications. Featuring original strips rarely seen in the UK or Europe, the exhibition will celebrate Schulz’s prodigious output and examine his creative process. Through the prism of the lives and musings of beloved characters, including Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Franklin and Peppermint Patty, Peanuts addressed themes including art, faith, existentialism, race, war and feminism, crossing social and economic boundaries, and standing as a testament to the power of popular arts.

Peanuts 03.05.1964
Peanuts 03.05.1964

“I didn’t grow up reading the strips themselves. After Good Grief, Charlie Brown! I’m aware of what I missed.”

i-news

Objects belonging to Schulz are on display, alongside original publications and vintage products, such as fashion designer Kim Jones' sweatshirt collection, the ‘Silver Snoopy’ from NASA that has travelled to the moon and back and badges in support of Snoopy’s presidential campaign.

Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy and the Enduring Power of Peanuts at Somerset House (c) Tim Bowditch

You can enjoy interactive installations including the Snoopy Cinema, complete with bean bags on a baseball pitcher’s mound, with over an hour of remastered Peanuts TV specials, a real-life reimagining of Lucy’s Psychiatric Help Booth, Snoopy typewriters where you can create a novel starting with ‘It was a dark and stormy night’, and light boxes to learn how to draw the Peanuts gang.

'Snoopy's Cinema' at Good Grief Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy and the Enduring Power of Peanuts (c) Somerset House
Snoopy's Cinema

Alongside this examination of Schulz’s life and work, the exhibition features a thrilling range of contemporary pieces, including new works by artists and designers who have been inspired by Peanuts. Contributors cross creative disciplines, including sculpture, music, film, design and fashion, and feature artists including Fiona Banner, Mel Brimfield, Mira Calix, Steven Claydon, Marcus Coates, François Curlet, Mark Drew, FriendsWithYou, Ryan Gander, Eloise Hawser, Andy Holden, Des Hughes, Ken Kagami, KAWS, Lauren LoPrete, Helen Marten, David Musgrave, patten, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez, Lucas Price and Ruth Proctor

Marcus Coates 'Drawing for Who Knows 2018
Marcus Coates 'Drawing for Who Knows 2018

New works made especially for the exhibition include a processed-based performance work by Mira Calix, a film by Andy Holden and a flag drawn by Ryan Gander’s four-year-old daughter to be flown above Somerset House.

Mark Drew 'Something (Vanilla Ice Suge Knight) and 'Take Over (Jay Z Nas)'
Mark Drew 'Something (Vanilla Ice Suge Knight) and 'Take Over (Jay Z Nas)'

Accompanying the exhibition is a rich programme of events, taking place at lunchtimes, evenings and weekends and a beautifully illustrated exhibition catalogue featuring all the fascinating stories from the show.

Please allow at least 60 minutes to enjoy the exhibition. 

Shop for the ultimate Snoopy souvenir

Looking for perfect Peanuts presents? Our exclusive exhibition shop includes a range of original and inspired gifts for all ages, with clothing, accessories, collectibles, homewares, games, books and stationery. And our exhibition catalogue, designed by Fraser Muggeridge Studio, as the ultimate must-have for Snoopy fans.

Skate with Snoopy

In celebration of our the exhibition, we have a very special guest joining us on our ice rink. Snoopy is coming to Skate at Somerset House and you can join him on the ice during special sessions throughout the season.