Maxime Zech “Nijntje creator Dick Bruna retires” http://www.nltimes.nl/2014/07/30/nijntje-creator-dick-bruna-retires/ *1
In Utrecht, legendary Dutch artist Dick Bruna has put down his pencil. The creator of Nijntje, or Miffy, is retiring. The Nijntje book that came out in 2011 is the last that the 86-year old will ever illustrate because he says he wants to take it easy at his age, RTV Utrecht reports.
Bruna’s atelier will be re-created at the Dick Bruna Huis in Utrecht next year, giving fans a first-hand view of what the illustrator’s creative space looked like.
Utrecht will continue the memory of Nijntje in other ways as well. Next year, the rabbit will have existed for 60 years, a milestone that will be celebrated with a musical, and a statue of the rabbit in the center of Utrcht. Nijntje will also play an important role at the start of the Tour de France in Utrecht next year.