Cartoonmuseum Basel

Jacques Tardi

10.11.2018 - 10.03.2019

Jacques Tardi, born in 1946 in Valence, is one of the greatest French comics artists. His extremely confident line and adept stylisation are unmistakeable and have inspired generations of artists in the comics scene. Tardi primarily works with historical topics, to which he devotes himself with immense meticulousness and love of detail. He has intensively addressed the First World War: his albums "Adieu Brindavoine”, "It Was the War of the Trenches”, "Varlot Soldat” and "Goddamn This War!” are among the most haunting and disturbing comics ever made about war and were extremely well received internationally. One of his latest works also addresses war: in "I, René Tardi, Prisoner of War at Stalag II B” from 2013, Tardi relates what his father experienced as a prisoner of war in what is now Poland.

Tardi's comprehensive oeuvre ranges from the complex comics series "The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec”, set in Paris during the Belle Epoque, to the socio-critical "La débauche”, about social degradation in modern-day France, through to his adaptations of crime thrillers by author Léo Malet, featuring the pipe-smoking private detective Nestor Burma against a 1950s backdrop.

Tardi studied at École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Lyon and at École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. He has been publishing comics at the highest level for almost 50 years. He has won every conceivable award in the world of comics, including the Grand Prix de la Ville d'Angoulême and the Eisner Award, but he declined to be admitted to the French Legion of Honour "with very firm resolve”. The comprehensive exhibition at Cartoonmuseum Basel shows works from all of Tardi's periods of work as an artist and also sheds light on lesser-known facets, such as his political cartoons.

Vernissage: 09.11.2018 18.30 h

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Jacques Tardi: Adèle et la Bête (1976), © Tardi / Casterman
Jacques Tardi: Adèle et la Bête (1976), © Tardi / Casterman