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Old 16.04.2012, 19:44
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Swiss black humour exhibition Basel

Dark dark cartoon humour - at the Cartoon Museum Basel until 17th of June. Martial Leiter shows his darkest Swiss humour. He is so talented - won the Best Black Humour prize in Paris in 2010. Perhaps best known in CH for his open air exhibition of 300 large black scare crows 'planted' in a field near Cernier in 2004. Recently found out that this massive scarecrow exhibition was the inspiration for Mylene Farmer's 'Fu*k them all' song- I had no idea.
Also the author of 'Les Cahiers dessinÚs'.

Hope some will make it - I will try to make the trip. Martial was at school with me in the 50s and 60s btw, which is irrelevant to my recommendation.

And for those who want to see his native land, the Val-de-Travers, watch Bi de Luet Wunderland on RTS SFI Swiss German channel this Friday at 20.05.

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Re: Swiss black humour exhibition Basel

Sounds interesting Odile. I've never heard of the Cartoon museum, maybe we'll take a trip there this next weekend. I must admit I do quite like dark humour, do you think I will understand the humour with my limited German and schoolgirl French?
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Leiter is all pictorial, no or hardly no words. Just black and white ink.
Do tell me what you think if you go. Leiter is one of those Swiss who is very critical of some aspects of Switzerland, money, large companies here for tax reasons and plundering the world, etc. Acid humour- and so often spot on.

Google him for an idea perhaps.
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