Exhibition marks 90 years of popular Czech cartoon character Ferdy the Ant

Ondřej Sekora and Ferda the Ant, Photo: Moravské zemské muzeum

One of the most beloved Czech cartoon characters, Ferdy the Ant or Ferda mravenec, turns 90 this year. Prague’s Villa Pellé is marking the anniversary with a new exhibition celebrating Ferdy the Ant’s creator, Ondřej Sekora.

Ondřej Sekora, a sports correspondent, columnist and cartoonist, published his first regular comic strip with Ferdy the Ant in the daily Lidové noviny in 1933.

In the years that followed, the tiny black ant with a characteristic red scarf with black polka dots wrapped around his neck, went on to become the hero of countless children’s books, cherished by generations of Czech children.

Tomáš Prokůpek from the Moravian Museum in Brno is the author of a new exhibition dedicated to Ondřej Sekora, the man who created Ferdy the Ant:

“Ferdy the Ant is an extremely well-conceived and precisely drawn character. You can’t even tell from the art style that the drawing is 90 years old. It is really timeless.

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Authors: Ruth Fraňková, Tereza Havlínková