Le Monde de Tardi
– 24 March 2019
The Cartoonmuseum Basel is currently holding a retrospective with over 200 original drawings by comic artist Jacques Tardi, whose clever visuals have left their mark on generations of comic artists. With sometimes frightening directness, Tardi’s line drawings confront the reader with the cruel reality of war or grab our attention with the solution to a new case for private detective Nestor Burma.
Much of Tardi’s work deals with the subject of war. His works “Varlot Soldat”, “It Was the War of the Trenches”, “Goddamn this War!” and “Le Dernier Assaut” deal intensively with the First World War, laying bare its senselessness, incomprehensibility, and horror. In “I, Rene Tardi, Prisoner of War in Stalag II B” and the subsequent second volume “The Long March Through Germany” he turned his attention to the Second World War from the perspective of his father, who was a prisoner of war in Poland for almost five years. In “The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec” Tardi looks at the Paris of the belle époque. He continued to adapt several detective novels some of which accompany the cynical pipe-smoking private detective Nestor Burma into the 1950s. Today’s France is not neglected in Tardi’s work either, and he takes a critical look at French society and the dismantling of the country’s social institutions.
The highlights of the exhibition are originals from the recently published volume three of the series “Stalag II B”.