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Cartoonmuseum Basel

Catherine Meurisse. L’humour au sérieux

Today: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

06 November 2021 - 13 March 2022

Catherine Meurisse (b. 1980) is one of today’s most famous female French comics artists. She is the author of several graphic novels and comics reportages, drew caricatures and illustrated children’s books. In the year 2020, Catherine Meurisse became the first cartoonist and caricaturist to be made a member of France’s Académie des Beaux-Arts.

The comprehensive retrospective at Cartoonmuseum Basel is the first in the German-speaking world to show original drawings from all works by this multi-award-winning artist and presents her recently released book La jeune femme et la mer (The Young Woman and the Sea).

Meurisse publishes in countless newspapers and magazines, including Libération, L’Obs and Revue XXI. She became the first female cartoonist to work at Charlie Hebdo and spent 10 years there, until narrowly escaping the 2015 attack on this satirical magazine, in which eleven of her colleagues died. Since then, she has sought other themes in the nature and the arts. She has released two graphic novels with autobiographical elements: La Légèreté (Lightness) and Les grands espaces (The Great Outdoors). In a touching manner, Lightness describes how she fought her way through loss and grief to rebuild her life. In The Great Outdoors, she revisits her upbringing on her parents' farm. Both books are peppered with allusions to literature and art, celebrating the power of culture.

In 2014, the comedy Olympia in Love was published, linking paintings and objects from the collection of Musée d’Orsay with a joyfully naughty story from the world of painting, dance and early film. In 2019, Catherine Meurisse managed to represent Alexandre Dumas’s memories of Eugène Delacroix in her magnificent publication Delacroix. As the result of two stays in Kyoto, she produced La jeune femme et la mer (The Young Woman and the Sea), in which she addresses her perception of the Japanese landscape, nature and way of life – which change when the island is hit by a Typhoon.

© Catherine Meurisse, «Moderne Olympia» (2018)

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

Christmas/New Year 2022/2023

24 December 2022: Closed

25 December 2022: Closed

26 December 2022: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

31 December 2022: Closed

01 January 2023: Closed

Carnival 2023

27 February 2023: Closed

28 February 2023: Closed

01 March 2023: Closed

Easter 2023

07 April 2023: Closed

08 April 2023: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

09 April 2023: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

10 April 2023: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

May Day 2023

01 May 2023: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Ascension Day 2023

18 May 2023: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Whitsun 2023

28 May 2023: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

29 May 2023: Closed

Art Basel 2023

12 June 2023: Closed

13 June 2023: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

14 June 2023: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

15 June 2023: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

16 June 2023: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

17 June 2023: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

18 June 2023: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Swiss National Holiday 2023

01 August 2023: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM


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.


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


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