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Exhibition
Exhibition

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Postponed to 2021: Big City Life

Today: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

13 February 2021 - 20 June 2021

On the basis of Frans Masereel’s famous woodcuts, impressive testimonies to the human condition in the city during the interwar period, the exhibition «Big City Life» at Cartoonmuseum Basel presents originals by comics artists – works that are either set in the city or are about it. Focusing on the diversity of form and content in contemporary auteur comics, the exhibition brings together selected renowned artists from Europe and the USA.

Regardless of whether they celebrate the city as a laboratory of dynamism and modernity, brand it as a place of vice, find the village within it, despair of its anonymity, discover its poetry or show its chaos, the artists’ perceptions and representations of the city are just as idiosyncratic and diverse as the perspectives from which they view it as a habitat.

The affectionate drawings by Parisian gentleman Sempé, the precise everyday observations of Dropsie Avenue by Will Eisner, inventor of the graphic novel, the bitter reaction to the 9/11 catastrophe by Pulitzer-Prize-winning comics artist Art Spiegelman, co-editor of «RAW magazine», the surreal urban tales by Gabriella Giandelli, and Helge Reumann’s worlds that oscillate between madness and humour – all are united by the strong presence of the city as a social space.

The techniques used to realise these works are as varied as the themes laid out here. They range from the impressions of city wanderer Christoph Niemann, sparingly and directly translated into paint, to Lorenzo Mattotti’s expressively abstracted ink works, from Chris Ware’s technically structured panels to Yann Kebbi’s spontaneous freehand drawings, and from reportage painted in blood by Michaël Matthys to the naive cardboard city by Belgian artist duo Thierry Van Hasselt and Marcel Schmitz.


Workshop

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Future comic-book hero(in)es

15 May 2021 | 2.00 PM - 4.00 PM

How can comics be more feminist, inclusive and diversity-conscious? In this workshop, comics artist Kati Rickenbach not only presents fascinating best-practice examples, but also helps you to directly wield a pencil yourself and to put your own creations on paper. Develop ...
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Workshop

Cartoonmuseum Basel

How to build a city?

16 May 2021 | 2.00 PM - 4.00 PM

In the exhibition “Big City Life”, very different means of expression are used to present cities. Equipped with all kinds of materials, you will become an urban planner in this workshop, designing your own high-rises, laying out streets and squares, and building bridges. From ...
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Guided Tour

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Sunday guided tour in French

23 May 2021 | 2.00 PM - 3.00 PM

Life stories shaped by the big city are the subject of countless novels, films and comics, in which the city takes on many roles: It can be a spectacular setting, remain in the background as an extra, or even become the main protagonist. The guided tour in French with Jessica ...
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Guided Tour

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Curator-guided tour

30 May 2021 | 2.00 PM - 3.00 PM

Life stories shaped by the big city are the subject of countless novels, films and comics, in which the city takes on many roles: It can be a spectacular setting, remain in the background as an extra, or even become the main protagonist. The guided tour through “Big City ...
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Guided Tour

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Sunday guided tour

06 June 2021 | 2.00 PM - 3.00 PM

Life stories shaped by the big city are the subject of countless novels, films and comics, in which the city takes on many roles: It can be a spectacular setting, remain in the background as an extra, or even become the main protagonist. The guided tour with Judith Schifferle ...
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Special

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Talk «Away»

10 June 2021 | 7.30 PM - 8.30 PM

Christoph Niemann travels, draws and paints. Well known to the Basel public since the famous Cartoonmuseum exhibition That’s How, this Berlin-based artist has now created Away, a wonderfully stripped-down book of impressions from his travels, in bright colours. Niemann talks ...
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Workshop

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Cut it yourself

13 June 2021 | 1.30 PM - 4.30 PM

Basel artist Marcel Mayer, who exhibits in Switzerland and abroad, has been running druckwerk, a studio for letterpress, lithography and copperplate printing, since 1994. He has also been teaching woodcut printing at SfG Basel since 2018. In this workshop, he will explain the ...
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Guided Tour

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Curator-guided tour

20 June 2021 | 2.00 PM - 3.00 PM

Life stories shaped by the big city are the subject of countless novels, films and comics, in which the city takes on many roles: It can be a spectacular setting, remain in the background as an extra, or even become the main protagonist. The guided tour through «Big City ...
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© Gabriella Giandelli: Tutto l’anno (2014)
Museum

Cartoonmuseum Basel

OpenClosed | 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

St. Alban-Vorstadt 28,  4052  Basel

Opening Hours

Mo Closed  |  Tu 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  We 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  Th 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  Fr 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  Sa 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  Su 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Ascension Day 2021

13 May 2021: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM


Whitsun 2021

23 May 2021: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

24 May 2021: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM


Swiss National Holiday 2021

01 August 2021: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM


Christmas/New Year 2021/2022

24 December 2021: Closed

25 December 2021: Closed

26 December 2021: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

28 December 2021: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

29 December 2021: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

30 December 2021: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

31 December 2021: Closed

01 January 2022: Closed


Institution

The Cartoonmuseum Basel is the only museum of its kind devoted exclusively to satirical art – from the caricature to the comic. The Late Gothic building on its historic site also includes an unexpected new building by Herzog & de Meuron. Varying, attractively designed exhibitions on political and social themes show the considerable scope of the humorous drawing and the great diversity of artistic techniques. Equal attention is paid to both classical works, some from the museum’s own stocks, and contemporary works.

Admission

Sfr. 12.— Adults
Sfr. 7.— Disabled persons and students up to 25 years
Children up to ten years free

colourkey Free admission

Museums-PASS-Musées Free admission

Swiss Museum Pass Free admission

Access

tram 1/2/15 > Kunstmuseum
Exhibition
Exhibition

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Postponed to 2021: Big City Life

13 February 2021 - 20 June 2021

On the basis of Frans Masereel’s famous woodcuts, impressive testimonies to the human condition in the city during the interwar period, the exhibition «Big City Life» at Cartoonmuseum Basel presents originals by comics artists – works that are either set in the city or are ...
Read more
Workshop

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Future comic-book hero(in)es

15 May 2021 | 2.00 PM - 4.00 PM

How can comics be more feminist, inclusive and diversity-conscious? In this workshop, comics artist Kati Rickenbach not only presents fascinating best-practice examples, but also helps you to directly wield a pencil yourself and to put your own creations on paper. Develop ...
Read more
Workshop

Cartoonmuseum Basel

How to build a city?

16 May 2021 | 2.00 PM - 4.00 PM

In the exhibition “Big City Life”, very different means of expression are used to present cities. Equipped with all kinds of materials, you will become an urban planner in this workshop, designing your own high-rises, laying out streets and squares, and building bridges. From ...
Read more
Guided Tour

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Sunday guided tour in French

23 May 2021 | 2.00 PM - 3.00 PM

Life stories shaped by the big city are the subject of countless novels, films and comics, in which the city takes on many roles: It can be a spectacular setting, remain in the background as an extra, or even become the main protagonist. The guided tour in French with Jessica ...
Read more
Guided Tour

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Curator-guided tour

30 May 2021 | 2.00 PM - 3.00 PM

Life stories shaped by the big city are the subject of countless novels, films and comics, in which the city takes on many roles: It can be a spectacular setting, remain in the background as an extra, or even become the main protagonist. The guided tour through “Big City ...
Read more
Guided Tour

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Sunday guided tour

06 June 2021 | 2.00 PM - 3.00 PM

Life stories shaped by the big city are the subject of countless novels, films and comics, in which the city takes on many roles: It can be a spectacular setting, remain in the background as an extra, or even become the main protagonist. The guided tour with Judith Schifferle ...
Read more
Special

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Talk «Away»

10 June 2021 | 7.30 PM - 8.30 PM

Christoph Niemann travels, draws and paints. Well known to the Basel public since the famous Cartoonmuseum exhibition That’s How, this Berlin-based artist has now created Away, a wonderfully stripped-down book of impressions from his travels, in bright colours. Niemann talks ...
Read more
Workshop

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Cut it yourself

13 June 2021 | 1.30 PM - 4.30 PM

Basel artist Marcel Mayer, who exhibits in Switzerland and abroad, has been running druckwerk, a studio for letterpress, lithography and copperplate printing, since 1994. He has also been teaching woodcut printing at SfG Basel since 2018. In this workshop, he will explain the ...
Read more
Guided Tour

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Curator-guided tour

20 June 2021 | 2.00 PM - 3.00 PM

Life stories shaped by the big city are the subject of countless novels, films and comics, in which the city takes on many roles: It can be a spectacular setting, remain in the background as an extra, or even become the main protagonist. The guided tour through «Big City ...
Read more