Upcoming Exhibition

Catherine Meurisse
L’humour au sérieux

6.11.2021 — 20.3.2022

Meurissse Olympia Ausgeschnitten

© Catherine Meurisse «Moderne Olympia» 2018

Catherine Meurisse (b. 1980) is one of today’s most famous female French artists. She draws caricatures based on current events, has created comics reportage and several graphic novels, and also illustrates children’s books. Her works appear in Le Nouvel Observateur, Libération and other newspapers. This year, Catherine Meurisse became the first cartoonist to be made a member of France’s Académie des Beaux-Arts. The comprehensive exhibition at Cartoonmuseum Basel shows original drawings from all works by this multi-award-winning artist.
Since 2001, Catherine Meurisse has been working for Charlie Hebdo. In 2015, she narrowly escaped the attack on this renowned satirical magazine, in which eleven of her colleagues died. Since then, she has sought other themes and images in the beauty of nature and the arts. She has released two graphic novels with autobiographical elements: La Légèreté (Lightness) and Les grandes 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 happy upbringing on her dropout parents’ farm. Her stylised characters, inked with dynamic line work, are combined with flatly painted backgrounds, or more realistic backgrounds drawn using coloured pencils. Both books are peppered with allusions to literature and art, celebrating the power of culture.
In 2018, the comedy Olympia in Love was published, combining fifty paintings 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 graphically represent Alexandre Dumas’s memories of Eugène Delacroix in her magnificent publication Delacroix.