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Cartoonmuseum Basel

Joann Sfar

Today: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

06 April 2019 - 11 August 2019

Joann Sfar has been a source of stimuli for the contemporary comic for over 20 years. Growing up with Jewish culture in a family home full of literature, he wrote and illustrated at an early age. Today, his oeuvre includes over 160 publications in the French-speaking world alone. His books revolve around Judaism, touch on issues pertaining to spirituality, faith and philosophy, respond to political and societal events, or address love, sexuality and Sfar's own life.

The series "The Rabbi's Cat", which began in 2001, currently encompasses eight volumes and is keenly followed by hundreds of thousands of readers: When a tomcat belonging to a rabbi from Algiers eats a parrot, he becomes able to talk, and to convey his practical, philosophical and religious views. He becomes a critical commentator in a fable, which has been translated into 20 languages and which Sfar has successfully adapted as a film.

After studying philosophy in Nice and attending École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris, Sfar, who has also worked as a screenwriter, novelist and director, developed a distinctive style as a comics artist. His repertoire ranges from subtle ink drawings to borrowings from painting. The profound stories are never without gaps: they call for imagination and a desire to contemplate. Readers enthusiastically accept this challenge and critics have also honoured Sfar with all the major awards in the world of comics.

For the first time, Cartoonmuseum Basel presents the exceptional artist Joann Sfar in a large-scale overview exhibition with over 200 original drawings, watercolours, paintings and film clips, while focusing on his latest works.


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 2020/2021

23 December 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

24 December 2020: Closed

25 December 2020: Closed

26 December 2020: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

27 December 2020: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

28 December 2020: Closed

29 December 2020: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

30 December 2020: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

31 December 2020: Closed

01 January 2021: Closed

02 January 2021: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

03 January 2021: 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.


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Swiss Museum Pass Free admission


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21 March 2020 - 30 August 2020

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Guided Tour

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16 August 2020 | 2.00 PM - 3.00 PM

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Kannst du mich zeichnen?

23 August 2020 | 2.00 PM - 4.00 PM

Der Künstler Christoph Fischer ist ein versierter, präziser Portraitist und Reportagezeichner. Seine Zeichnungen von Menschen sind mehr als Abbilder, sie scheinen etwas vom Wesen der Person mitzuteilen. Auch Orte haben einen Charakter, die zeichnerisch entdeckt werden können. ...
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Finissage & Künstlerführung «Christoph Fischer. Der Welt abgeschaut»

30 August 2020 | 4.00 PM - 5.00 PM

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Postponed to September: Brecht Evens. Night animals

12 September 2020 - 31 January 2021

Born in 1986 in Flemish Hasselt, Brecht Evens studied at the LUCA School of Arts in Ghent. Today, he lives and works in Paris. His international breakthrough as a comics artist came in 2009 with «The Wrong Place», for which he won the Haarlem Comic Festival’s Willy ...
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