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Exhibition
Exhibition

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Cosey

Today: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

12 November 2022 - 26 February 2023

With his realistic, wonderfully confident line work in the internationally renowned comic series Jonathan, comics artist Cosey from Western Switzerland takes us on journeys – through the breathtaking expanses of Asian, North American and European landscapes, and into his protagonists’ inner workings. In 1950, Cosey was born (as Bernard Cosendai) into a family from the USA in Lausanne, so he has always been confronted with questions of identity and belonging. Today, Cosey is one of the most important European comics artists who, initially against the backdrop of the cultural upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s, have enhanced the comic for an adult audience, with sophisticated themes and literary aspirations.

After an apprenticeship in graphic design, Cosey worked from 1970 as an assistant and colourist for his idol, the artist Derib from Western Switzerland. In 1975, he started to draw for the Belgian magazines Tintin and Spirou, and launched his long-running series Jonathan, whose final album appeared in 2021. ‘Souviens-toi’, the first volume in this 16-part series, takes the main protagonist, the dropout Jonathan, to the Himalayas on a search for his childhood sweetheart, Saïcha of Tibet. In this and the following 16 stories in the series, the focus is not solely on the adventures of Cosey’s alter ego Jonathan, but also on the complexly designed main characters’ search for meaning, as well as their philosophical and spiritual questions. The artist incorporates his own travel experiences, along with references to literature, film and music, while also linking the plot to political facts, such as China’s occupation of Tibet.

Besides his magnum opus, Cosey has also published highly acclaimed one-shot albums, such as ‘À la Recherche de Peter Pan’, ‘Le Voyage en Italie’, ‘Joyeux Noël, May’, ‘Zeke raconte des Histoires’ and the atypical ‘Une mystérieuse mélodie où Comment Mickey rencontra Minnie’: a Disney-authorised comic album entirely in the style of Floyd Gottfredson, the most legendary Mickey Mouse illustrator.

In 2017, the International Comics Festival in Angoulême awarded Cosey the Grand Prix for his life’s work. Cartoonmuseum Basel is honouring this multi-award-winning artist’s oeuvre in a retrospective – the first in the German-speaking world. It encompasses original drawings, including pages from the latest and final volume of Jonathan, as well as sources of inspiration, photographs, sketchbooks and films.

Guided Tour

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Sunday guided tour

11 December 2022 | 2.00 PM - 3.00 PM

Get to know the work of Cosey, creator of “Jonathan”. This comic strip, developed over 17 albums, revolves around Cosey’s central motif: travel. For decades, the artist’s alter ego has been travelling all over Asia – searching for himself. Against this epic backdrop, a ...
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Workshop Children

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Cartoon Sunday: On the way to a story

08 January 2023 | 2.00 PM - 4.00 PM

The artist Cosey gets inspired by his travels. From memories, notes and photographs, he makes stories that are always a glimpse into his own self at the same time. In this workshop, you can do it too and create an exciting short story from your experiences: Bring your photos ...
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Guided Tour

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Sunday guided tour

15 January 2023 | 2.00 PM - 3.00 PM

Get to know the work of Cosey, creator of “Jonathan”. This comic strip, developed over 17 albums, revolves around Cosey’s central motif: travel. For decades, the artist’s alter ego has been travelling all over Asia – searching for himself. Against this epic backdrop, a ...
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© Cosey (2021)
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

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


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

Cosey

12 November 2022 - 26 February 2023

With his realistic, wonderfully confident line work in the internationally renowned comic series Jonathan, comics artist Cosey from Western Switzerland takes us on journeys – through the breathtaking expanses of Asian, North American and European landscapes, and into his ...
Read more
Guided Tour

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Sunday guided tour

11 December 2022 | 2.00 PM - 3.00 PM

Get to know the work of Cosey, creator of “Jonathan”. This comic strip, developed over 17 albums, revolves around Cosey’s central motif: travel. For decades, the artist’s alter ego has been travelling all over Asia – searching for himself. Against this epic backdrop, a ...
Read more
Workshop Children

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Cartoon Sunday: On the way to a story

08 January 2023 | 2.00 PM - 4.00 PM

The artist Cosey gets inspired by his travels. From memories, notes and photographs, he makes stories that are always a glimpse into his own self at the same time. In this workshop, you can do it too and create an exciting short story from your experiences: Bring your photos ...
Read more
Guided Tour

Cartoonmuseum Basel

Sunday guided tour

15 January 2023 | 2.00 PM - 3.00 PM

Get to know the work of Cosey, creator of “Jonathan”. This comic strip, developed over 17 albums, revolves around Cosey’s central motif: travel. For decades, the artist’s alter ego has been travelling all over Asia – searching for himself. Against this epic backdrop, a ...
Read more