Cabu’s laughs exhibition at Hôtel de Ville until 19th December 2020

It’s the year of the comic in France, and the Paris city council is celebrating with a free exhibition of 350 drawings by Cabu, a beloved comic strip artist who lived in and drew Paris for over 60 years…

Cabu's laughs exhibition at Hôtel de Ville until 19th December 2020

The graphic style and humour of Cabu are both very familiar to the French, but he’s also well-known and much-loved abroad.

This exhibition shows the diversity of the scenes he drew and the free spirit that characterised him, with a presentation in eight main sections:

Cabu‘s characters (Grand Duduche, le Beauf, Dorothée, Catherine, warrant officer Kronenbourg…)

Cabu’s France (society, women, kids, Paris, town life)

Cabu’s presidents (from Macron to Auriol)

Cabu’s celebrities (from Johnny Hallyday to Zemmour)

— Cabu’s combats (ecology, pacifism, freedom of speech)

Cabu’s pantheon (his absolute inspirations and unforgettable friends)

Cabu’s method (so you can draw like him)

Cabu’s ‘trefle’ (his car)

In addition to the 350 drawings on show, a selection of Cabu’s work – commissioned for exclusive use in the Paris city council’s magazine – can be seen on a special web page here.

To get an idea of his sense of humour, part of the image below suggests installing a water slide down the Eiffel Tower and extending Saint Michel to the sea, which both seem like a pretty good idea 😜

Cabu's laughs exhibition at Hôtel de Ville until 19th December 2020
© V. Cabut

Related to the exhibition, there’s a film screening and talk, a conference at the Paris music library on 27th November called Rire en musique: le jazz de Cabu, some drawings will be exposed in the open air (not sure where), there are workshops for kids…

A catalogue of the exhibition is also available (192 pages, 20€, here at amazon.fr).

Cabu's laughs exhibition at Hôtel de Ville until 19th December 2020
“My nose isn’t like that” © V. Cabut

The exhibition Le Rire de Cabu (Cabu’s laughs) is at Hôtel de Ville (here) until 19th December 2020

Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6.30pm

Free!

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