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Cartoonmuseum Basel

Christoph Fischer: The world put on paper

Today: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

21 March 2020 - 30 August 2020

Artist Christoph Fischer, born in 1976 in Lucerne, attended the Lucerne University of Teacher Education and subsequently the Lucerne School of Art and Design. Since 2002, he has worked as a freelance artist and illustrator, e.g. for the publications «NZZ», «WOZ» and «Reportagen».

In his work, an interest in the downtrodden and the underprivileged serves as a leitmotif. With works of reportage, such as «Westside» (2011) about an impoverished district and «On the Long Bench» (2012) about Bahnhofsplatz Lucerne, he deliberately draws our attention to the faces of people on the fringes of society. His sensitive no-frills portraits are loaded with stories, arousing interest and empathy. At a busy Lucerne roundabout, there stands further evidence of Christoph Fischer’s focus on such subject matter. Here, he spent years observing the street sweeper Heinz Gilli from his studio and, in 2016, created a monumental concrete sculpture for him and the residents of this neighbourhood plagued by noise.

Besides working, Fischer often goes on long cycling trips. In 2010, a several-month tour took him from Chicago to San Francisco. Slow prolonged muscle-powered travel and precise observation are to be found all throughout his biography and inspire his work, for instance when he photographed animals that had been run over in the USA and laid them down as a sad sequence in «Roadkill Road».

The oeuvre of this artist, who was awarded the 2019 German-Speaking Swiss Cities’ Comics Scholarship, is presented at Cartoonmuseum Basel in its full breadth, including the first ever presentation of drawings selected from hundreds of sketched dreams. These visions also appear in a Christoph Merian Verlag publication, released to coincide with the exhibition.

© Christoph Fischer, «Auf der langen Bank» (2012)

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 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

Carnival 2022

07 March 2022: Closed

08 March 2022: Closed

09 March 2022: Closed

Easter 2022

15 April 2022: Closed

16 April 2022: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

17 April 2022: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

18 April 2022: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

May Day 2022

01 May 2022: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Ascension Day 2022

26 May 2022: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Whitsun 2022

05 June 2022: Closed

06 June 2022: Closed

Art Basel 2022

13 June 2022: Closed

Swiss National Holiday 2022

01 August 2022: 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


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.


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Children up to ten years free

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