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BILL LEAK PASSED AWAY

It was with deep sorrow when we learned of the death of Bill LEAK, a great Australian cartoonist. He had died in Gosford hospital of a suspected heart attack on Friday, March 10, 2017 at the age of 61.

REST IN PEACE !

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Bill Leak, a well known Australian cartoonist, caricaturist and portraitist, was born on 9 January 1956 in Adelaide, Australia. After finishing high school, he studied for 2 years at the Julian Ashton Art School. He began drawing cartoons professionally in 1983, first for The Bulletin and then for The Sydney Morning Herald. In 1994 he moved to The Daily Telegraph Mirror, and then to The Australian. Since 1987 to 2002 he won 9 Walkley Awards for the best cartoon or best illustration, 19 Stanley Awards and in 2015 and 2016 News Corps’ Award for best cartoonist of the year. Bill Leak published 4 books of his editorial cartoons: Drawing Blood 1998; Moments of Truth 2005; Un Australian of the Year 2012; Trigger Warning 2017. He had died in Gosford hospital of a suspected heart attack on Friday, March 10, 2017 at the age of 61.

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FEW CARTOONS BY BILL LEAK:

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PLANTU: DEBOUT !

When a new book by world-famous French cartoonist Plantu is published, it’s always a great event. We have the honor to introduce to you the latest one, which was published only very recently.

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Plantu-Debout coverCover of the book “Plantu: DEBOUT!”

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The book is titled “DEBOUT!”, what could be translated as “Upright!” or “Standing!” and brings the best drawings by Plantu published during the year 2016 on the pages of the world respected periodicals Le Monde and L’Express.

Publication in handy softback edition consists of 192 pages and is divided into several thematic chapters (Preface, Terrorism, Fragilised Europe, International, Waiting for the presidential elections, Society, Index). In the preface Plantu emphasizes the importance of the freedom of expression – because as he says: Freedom is everything!

The author is asking: What will remain of 2016? And then in the individual chapters of the book Plantu through his drawings, which dominated in 2016 on the title pages of newspapers Le Monde and L’Express, analyzes just at that time current affairs and searches for answers to the most pressing questions of our contradictory world full of tensions and paradoxes. He covers all the burning issues such as unemployment, disunited Europe, Brexit, migration, war in Syria, elections in the US and in France, terrorist attacks in Paris, Nice, Brussels … He is never satisfied with merely superficial humorous look at key events, he always goes in depth, giving things into context, dissecting them to the very marrow, looking for solutions, teaches us to see, think and survive…

The book “DEBOUT!” through accurate cartoons transfers us through the events of past year 2016 much better and more clearly than any detailed word retrospective. And of course, through the whole historical-artistic excursion will accompany us omnipresent author’s favorite beings: the mythical Marianne – French national symbol of freedom, democracy and reason (as opposed to any form of dictatorship or oppression), butterflies in the colors of the French tricolor, dove with twig or Plantu’s playful little mouse.

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Plantu-portraitPlantu with his characteristic little mouse

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The main data of the book:

  • Title : Debout!
  • Binding: Softback
  • Weight: 542 g
  • Dimensions: 17 cm X 24 cm
  • Pages: 192
  • Publisher: SEUIL, Paris, France
  • Collection: SEUIL/HUMOUR
  • Release Date: 3rd November 2016
  • Price: 18 €
  • EAN: 9782021334050

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SEVERAL ARTWORKS FROM THE BOOK “PLANTU: DEBOUT!”

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BOOKS BY PLANTU:

Plantu is the author of more than 60 books and a large number of other books he illustrated – we can present to you a view to the covers of some of them :

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* See also the profile page of the famous French cartoonist Plantu in the Cartoon Gallery – click HERE

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NEW BOOK “LA CARICATURE, 1830-1835”

Beaux Arts sent us a very interesting publication notice from Alan Wofsy Fine Arts of San Francisco, California – we are very glad to mediate it to you:

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Publication noticePublication notice from Alan Wofsy Fine Arts LLC

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obalkaCover of the book “La Caricature, 1830-1835”

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DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK CONTENT

La Caricature was the 19th Century equivalent and the precursor of Charlie Hebdo. The editor Charles Philipon employed the major satirical artists of the mid-19th Century notably Daumier, Grandville, E. Forest, Charlet, Bellangé, Traviès, Raffet and Gavarni. It appeared for five years, between 1830-1835.

The main subjects of the caricatures were Louis-Philippe and his entourage of July Monarchy politicians. Louis-Philippe, son of the Duke of Orléans, came to power after the 1830 Revolution as the Citizen King. However, he was not amused by the caricatures and once put Daumier in prison for 6 months, before suppressing the whole publication in 1835. He became more and more authoritarian and was finally forced to abdicate during the 1848 Revolution.

The plates are numbered 1-524, but approximately 62 are double sheets so there are actually 462 separate prints.

Georges Vicaire catalogued the 251 issues and 524 plates in 1895. However they have never been reproduced in a catalogue, nor has there been an English language discussion or catalogue of the corpus of prints

Alan Wofsy Fine Arts of San Francisco (www.art-books.com) will be publishing the first illustrated catalogue of all the lithographs that were published in La Caricature, 1830-1835 in the Spring of 2017.

All of the works are described in French and English and are arranged in the order they appeared in the original publication. There is an index by artist and the catalogue by Georges Vicaire from 1895 is also included. Many of the artists contributed anonymously and were not identified by Vicaire but are now identified. Where there were not descriptions of the plates in the original publication (about 60 of the 462), this new edition now provides descriptions in French.

There are essays in English are by Gordon Norton Ray and Edwin De Turck Bechtel and in French by Henri Beraldi and Georges Vicaire.

The general editor and designer is Corine Labridy-Stofle, a PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley.

Melissa Bender, PhD, a lecturer at the University of California, Davis, and Joanna Oseman, a professional translator, have provided insightful English language descriptions of each of the caricatures.

Alan Hyman, the editor of many catalogues raisonnés, is the Lektor.

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SOME ARTWORKS PUBLISHED IN THE BOOK

Jean-Jacques GrandvilleJean-Jacques GRANDVILLE – Fun and games at the Champs Elysees

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Honore DaumierHonore DAUMIER – Good God! What a squalid scene!

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bouquetAuguste BOUQUET – The people making the Kings dance

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* Preview of the book “La Caricature, 1830-1835″ in PDF format you can see HERE

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  • This unique book can be ordered at the above e-mail address of the Publisher Alan Wofsy Fine Arts LLC, San Francisco, California.

   We highly recommend to all lovers of caricatures and cartoon art !

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* Source: Beaux arts


FRANCE CARTOONS – MAGAZINE No. 1

Colleagues from France sent us a message on the foundation of a new magazine for cartoonists of the Francophone press:

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THE WEB-MAG OF FRANCE-CARTOONS No. 1 IS ONLINE

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The Web-Mag of France-Cartoons n°1 is online, with: Le Fecxit, greeting cards, Castelnaudary, Tomi Ungerer, Gotlib by Kichka, Mix and Remix, Angelo Di Marco, Tassuad, welcome to Red , The books of Chimulus, Cambon, Large and Tignous, the Schlingo of Gab and the Retroscopy of Professor JMB.

It is online at http://www.france-cartoons.com/le-webmag-de-france-cartoons-n-zero/. You can also click on the cover.

To see the magazine in full page, click on the small square in the bottom right (next to ISSUU)

If you prefer, you can download the magazine:
2 versions to download: the first more accurate, but longer to download, the second lighter but a little less precise.
On this link you can also browse the previous issues …

Good reading !

Pierre BALLOUHEY                                                                                     President of France-Cartoons

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france-cartoons-mag1couveThe cover of the new magazine of cartoonists of the Francophone press “FRANCE-CARTOONS”

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* Source: Pierre Ballouhey (FR)


EUROPE CALLING !

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In 2017, it will be 25 years since the signing of the Maastricht Treaty: the birth certificate of the European Union and the euro. The City of Maastricht and the Province of Limburg celebrate this great historical event organizing in the period from July 2016 to September 2017 a wide range of activities under the general title “EUROPE CALLING!”
What is most interesting for us, several international cartoon exhibitions will take place there reflecting the history and life of the European Union seen through the eyes of many outstanding European cartoonists.

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OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION SERIES
2 December 2016 – 24 February 2017

The exhibitions ‘Scherts’, ‘Vrijmoedig’ and ‘Ontgrensd’ consist of cartoons and photographs that take the changing face of Europe as their subject. The three exhibitions will run from 2 December 2016 to 24 February 2017 in Maastricht. This exhibition series, entitled ‘Vastgelegd & Getekend’ (‘Snapped and Drawn’), is being organised as part of the ‘Europe Calling! Maastricht Treaty 25th Anniversary’ programme. On Friday 2 December at 11 a.m., King’s Commissioner Theo Bovens will conduct the official opening ceremony at the Provincial Government Buildings in Maastricht, the place where it all began 25 years ago.

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SCHERTS (JEST- from Maastricht to Brexit)
2 December 2016 – 24 February 2017

“Scherts” (Jest) covers the entire period from the signing of the Maastricht Treaty in 1992 and the founding of the European Union to the Euro crisis and Brexit. The cartoons in ‘Scherts’ show how the European project was subjected to ridicule from the very start. ‘Big ideas’ are often grounded in controversy, special interests and misunderstandings. The exhibition will be held in the Provincial Government Buildings.

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VRIJMOEDIG (CANDID)
2 December 2016 – 24 February 2017

“Vrijmoedig” (Candid) will be held in Centre Céramique and features a selection of cartoons from the Four Freedoms 2016 Cartoon Competition, organised by the Federation of Cartoonist Organisations on behalf of the Roosevelt Foundation. Limburg-based cartoonist Ruben L. Oppenheimer received second prize in the competition. The exhibition consists of one hundred cartoons by 25 international cartoon artists. The Roosevelt Foundation is making the works available free of charge.

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ONTGRENSD (BORDERLESS)
2 December 2016 – 24 February 2017

“Ontgrensd” (Borderless) presents photographs of 20 exceptional situations along Limburg’s border, both past and present. Limburg is, after all, where the Netherlands joins the rest of Europe. The elongated shape of our province means that we share 351 kilometres of border with Belgium and Germany and ‘only’ 113 kilometres of border with the rest of the Netherlands. The collection was assembled under the supervision of the Impact Foundation and will be exhibited at the Theater aan het Vrijthof.

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SOME WORKS FROM THE CARTOON EXHIBITION “SCHERTS”

kuczynski-plPawel KUCZYNSKI (Poland)

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Agim SULAJ (Italy)

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schopf-atOliver SCHOPF (Austria)

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Niels Bo BOJESEN (Denmark)

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ruben-nlRUBEN (The Nederlands)

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* More info find here: http://www.artof-museumprojecten.nl/work/international-cartoonexhibition/

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* Source: ARTOF museum projects, Europe Calling (NL)


TRIBUTE TO STEFAN DESPODOV

Although there already passed more than a year and a half since our friend Stefan Despodov, an outstanding artist from Bulgaria, passed away, his excellent work of art remained with us and always strongly reminds him to us.

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Stefan’s friends and admirers of his work in his native Bulgaria, but also in many countries in Europe and worldwide are recalling him frequently and with great respect.

Therefore we were very happy when hearing the information on the latest exhibition events in honor of Stefan Despodov mediated to us by Mrs. Elena Arnaudova, the former Director of the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in Bratislava, who is a close friend of Stefan’s wife:

EXHIBITION IN SOFIA, BULGARIA

In the Bulgarian capital Sofia, in the Ivan Vazov Theatre a few days ago was inaugurated the exhibition “Hommage à Despo” which presents artworks created by many leading Bulgarian artists specially in honor of Stefan Despodov. Here are a few samples from this remarkable exhibition.

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despo4Poster of the exhibition “Hommage à Despo”

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  • More information about the exhibition “Hommage à Despo” can be found on the website vesti.bg – click HERE

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EXHIBITION IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

Another important event is an exhibition of theatrical posters by Stefan Despodov from the collections of the “Zürcher Hochschule der Künste” in cooperation with the “Museum für Gestaltung” in Zurich, Switzerland. The exhibition features an extensive selection of Stefan Despodov’s posters, and it is a confirmation of the worthy place of the artist’s work in the European and global context and his artistic contribution to the European theatrical poster creation. Here are several samples of Despodov’s posters:

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  • More info on the exhibition of theatrical posters by Stefan Despodov find on the website of eMuseum – click HERE

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MEMORIES FROM KREMNICA, SLOVAKIA

Finally, we add a photo of Stefan Despodov as we remember him from Kremnica Gags 2013 where the Humour Academy of the festival granted him the prestigious “Golden Gander Award” for his creation of cartoons, which is the field where Stefan made the same significant footprint as in the postermaking.

 Stefan Despodov with the Diploma and the Golden Gander Award

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* Source: Elena Arnaudova (BG/SK), eMuseum (CH), Vesti (BG), Archive of the Cartoon Gallery (SK)


EXHIBITION “FACING THE CLIMATE”                         IN  BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

These days comes to Bratislava an extraordinary artistic-environmental project initiated by the Swedish Institute in Stockholm – an exhibition of cartoons entitled “Facing the Climate”, which aims to draw attention to the urgent climate changes issues and the need for sustainable development. This exhibition since 2009, travels through many countries (see map below), Over 370 000 people have visited the exhibition and many more have connected to it using digital channels.

FtC mapMap of the tour of the exhibitionFacing the Climate” around the world

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FtC-SKPoster of the exhibition “Facing the Climate” in Bratislava

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Swedish Institute in Stockholm and the Swedish embassy in Vienna in cooperation with the Slovak Institute in Vienna, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Bratislava, the Caricature Museum in Krems and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna present the exhibition “FACING THE CLIMATE” in the building of the Austrian cultural forum on Hodza square in Bratislava. The exhibition is bringing except of the works of five established Swedish and five Austrian cartoonists also artworks of five Slovak cartoonists on the theme of climate changes.

EXHIBITING AUTHORS:

SWEDEN:

  • Love ANTELL
  • Magnus BARD
  • Riber HANSSON
  • Helena LINDHOLM
  • Karin SUNVISSON

AUSTRIA:

  • Andrea Maria DUSL
  • Jeffrey GUAN
  • Bruno HABERZETTL
  • Nicolas MAHLER
  • Janina WEGSCHEIDER

SLOVAKIA:

  • Karol CIZMAZIA
  • Kazo KANALA
  • Vojtech KRUMPOLEC
  • Bobo PERNECKY
  • Laco TORMA

Opening of the exhibition: 31st May 2016 at 17,30 p.m.

Duration of the exhibition: 1st – 30th June 2016

Looking forward to your visit!

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CATALOG OF THE EXHIBITION

Katalog<<< To open the catalog, click on the cover >>>

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PHOTO REPORT FROM THE OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION        “FACING THE CLIMATE”

Rakuske kulturne forumAustrian Cultural Forum Bratislava, Slovakia

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FtC BA 34mEntrance to the building of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Bratislava decorated with a poster of the exhibition “Facing the Climate”

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FtC BA 11dfmExhibition opening was honored by the visit of a great amount of special guests

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     Before the opening – from left: H.E. Helen Eduards – Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden,                  H.E. Helfried Carl – Ambassador of the Austrian Republic, Mr. Wilhelm Pfeistlinger – Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum

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FtC BA 13dfmOpening ceremony of the exhibition “Facing the Climate”

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 Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden H.E. Helen Eduards

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FtC BA 35mAustrian Ambassador H.E. Helfried Carl

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 Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum Mr. Wilhelm Pfeistlinger

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FtC BA 49mReceptive audience

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FtC BA 15dfmTo the participating viewers spoke also a Slovak cartoonist Kazo Kanala

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FtC BA 19dfmA pleasant atmosphere by their music created Zuzana Mikulcova and Michal Selep

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FtC BA 27dfm The common photo of the exhibiting Slovak cartoonists – from the left: Vojtech Krumpolec, Kazo Kanala, Karol Cizmazia, Bobo Pernecky, Laco Torma

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FtC BA 18dfmIn front of a panel with the creative work by Bobo Pernecky – from the left: Kazo Kanala, Karol Cizmazia,  Bobo Pernecky

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FtC BA 03dfmVojtech Krumpolec and his exposition

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FtC BA 05dfmKarol Cizmazia in front of his exposition panel

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FtC BA 46mVisiting the exhibited artworks

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FtC BA 45mOpportunity for many interesting conversations

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FtC BA 29dfmx         From the left: Karol Cizmazia, Daphne Springhorn (Swedish Embassy in Vienna), Kazo Kanala,             Bobo Pernecky, Vojtech Krumpolec

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FtC BA 06dfmWith Mgr. Marcela Mokranova from the Austrian Cultural Forum in Bratislava

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FtC BA 01dfmPhoto with a musician and singer Zuzana Mikulcova

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FtC BA 47mPleasant atmosphere of the vernissage continues…

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* Photo: Austrian Cultural Forum (No. 1, 2), Maria Krumpolcova, Vojtech Krumpolec, Karol Cizmazia


DUSAN POLAKOVIC PASSED AWAY

With great sadness we learned that on 12th May 2016 at the age of 65 died our friend, a prominent Slovak graphic artist, illustrator and cartoonist Dusan Polakovic. His unexpected passing is a great loss for the entire Slovak culture.

The funeral will be held on Friday, May 20th, 2016 at 3.00 pm at the Bratislava crematorium.

Rest in peace, dear friend! You will be greatly missed.

Dušan Polakovič - R.I.P.Dusan POLAKOVIC
1st October 1950 - 12th May 2016
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Academic painter Dusan Polakovic was born 1st October 1950 in Bratislava, Slovakia. In the years 1966 – 1970 he studied at the School of Applied Arts in Bratislava, Department of Graphics, in 1970 – 1972 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and from 1972 till 1976 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, Department of illustration and book creation in the studio of the famous Professor Albin Brunovsky. He worked as a freelance artist, was involved in painting, prints, book illustrations and cartoons and in each of these areas achieved extraordinary results. He was a popular illustrator, his illustrations are the pride of large amount of book titles. His works he exhibited throughout the world and has been awarded numerous important awards.

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ARTWORKS BY DUSAN POLAKOVIC:

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Several cartoons by Dusan Polakovic can be seen here:

(For fullscreen presentation in “Slideshow” mode click under the picture to such button )

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FACING THE CLIMATE

The international climate is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century, one of the vital questions of our time. The environment can be protected only through global cooperation.

Riber Hansson (SE)Artwork by Riber HANSSON (SE)

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Sweden is internationally known as a country that takes environmental issues and sustainability seriously. But taking something seriously doesn’t necessarily mean viewing it without humour. To illustrate the commitment to climate and environment, the Swedish Institute in Stockholm initiated the exhibition “Facing the Climate”, which is touring since 2009 around the world and in each country is always organized in collaboration with local cartoonists and partners. The project, which aims to encourage the discussion of sustainable development, is constantly growing as local cartoonists add their contributions. The exhibition has already been shown in many countries of the world including Serbia, Malaysia, Syria, Greece, Ukraine, Brazil, Albania, Izrael, Austria, Czech Republic, Latvia, South Africa, and many others (see the map). Over 370 000 people have visited the exhibition and many more have connected to it using digital channels.

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The map of the “Facing the Climate” exhibition tour around the globe (incomplete)

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The Swedish Embassy in Vienna in cooperation with the Slovak Institute Vienna and the Austrian Cultural Forum Bratislava, presents the exhibition “FACING THE CLIMATE“ at the Slovak Institute (Wipplingerstr. 24 – 26, 1010 Vienna). The exibition shows in addition to the work of five established Swedish and five Austrian cartoonists, also the work of five Slovak cartoonists on the theme of climate changes.

Exhibition opening speakers:

  • Helen EDUARDS, Ambassador of the Swedish Embassy in Austria
  • Juraj MACHAC, Ambassador of Slovakia in Austria

Musical accompaniment:

  • Milos BIHARY, Jazz-Pianist

EXHIBITING ARTISTS:

SWEDEN:

  • Love ANTELL
  • Magnus BARD
  • Riber HANSSON
  • Helena LINDHOLM
  • Karin SUNRISSON

AUSTRIA:

  • Andrea Maria DUSL
  • Jeffrey GUAN
  • Bruno HABERZETTL
  • Nicolas MAHLER
  • Janina WEGSCHEIDER

SLOVAKIA:

  • Karol CIZMAZIA
  • Kazo KANALA
  • Vojtech KRUMPOLEC
  • Bobo PERNECKY
  • Laco TORMA

Duration of the exhibition: 7th April – 6th May 2016

In collaboration with the Swedish Institute in Stockholm, the Swedish Embassy Vienna, the Caricature Museum Krems, the University of Applied Arts and the Bundesgymnasium 18 “Klostergasse”.

We are happy about your visit!

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PosterPoster of the exhibition “Facing the Climate” at the Slovak Institute in Vienna, Austria

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Photo-report from the opening of the exhibition “FACING THE CLIMATE”

On 6th April was in the Slovak Institute in Vienna, Austria held the opening of the exhibition “Facing the Climate” which presents the works of Swedish, Austrian and Slovak cartoonists related to environmental protection.

We were there and bring you from this extraordinary event the following photo report:

trio 04Slovak cartoonists Karol Cizmazia, Kazo Kanala and Vojtech Krumpolec next to the building of the Slovak Institute in Vienna, Austria

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trio 05xPresentation of the exhibition “Facing the Climate” in the window of the Slovak Institute in Vienna

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klavir 01Numerous prominent guests welcomed by the Director of the Slovak Institute in Vienna PhDr. Alena Heribanova

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reci 02On behalf of the main organizer and initiator of the project “Facing the Climate” spoke to the audience the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden in Austria Mrs. Helen Eduards

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reci 03On behalf of the Slovak Republic spoke Slovak ambassador in Austria Ing. Juraj Machac

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klavir 02xxWith his virtuos playing the piano accompanied the opening an excellent jazz pianist Milos Bihary

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spol 02Group photo – right to left: Ambassador of Slovakia in Austria Ing. Juraj Machac, Director of the Slovak Institute in Vienna PhDr. Alena Heribanova, Ambassador of Sweden in Austria Mrs. Helen Eduards, Slovak cartoonists Kazo Kanala, Karol Cizmazia, Vojtech Krumpolec

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kk 01xKazo Kanala in front of the panel with his artworks

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be 02Vojtech Krumpolec in front of his exposition

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cib 01xxKarol Cizmazia in front of his panel

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trio 01Great atmosphere at the opening: Karol Cizmazia, Kazo Kanala, Vojtech Krumpolec

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FACING THE CLIMATE – EXHIBITED ARTWORKS:

SE-AntellLove ANTELL (Sweden)

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SE-BardMagnus BARD (Sweden)

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SE-HanssonRiber HANSSON (Sweden)

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SE-LindholmHelena LINDHOLM (Sweden)

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SE-SunvissonKarin SUNVISSON (Sweden)

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AT-DuslAndrea Maria DUSL (Austria)

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AT-GuanJeffrey GUAN (Austria)

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AT-HaberzettlBruno HABERZETTL (Austria)

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AT-MahlerNicolas MAHLER (Austria)

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AT-WegscheiderinJanina WEGSCHEIDERIN (Austria)

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SK-CizmaziaKarol ČIZMAZIA (Slovakia)

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SK-KanalaKazo KANALA (Slovakia)

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SK-KrumpolecVojtech KRUMPOLEC (Slovakia)

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SK-PerneckyBobo PERNECKÝ (Slovakia)

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SK-TormaLaco TORMA (Slovakia)

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OTON ANTON REISINGER PASSED AWAY

On Wednesday, 6th April 2016 at the age of 89, died Oton Anton Reisinger, a legendary Croatian cartoonist and a big name of the European and world cartooning.

HRVATSKO DRUŠTVO KARIKATURISTA
THE CROATIAN CARTOONISTS ASSOCIATION

Oton Anton Reisinger - R.I.P.Oton Anton REISINGER
  4th October 1927 - 6th April 2016
R. I. P.

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Oton Anton Reisinger was born in Rankovci, Murska Sobota on 4th October 1927. He was a graduate architect and his first cartoons were published even during his study at the high school in the weekly “Silo” in 1942. Later he drew cartoons for Studentski list and Kerempuh until 1950, and then transferred into the daily Vjesnik, in which has everyday sharply commented current affairs trough the main characters of his drawings – Peru, Klara and Stefek. Cartoons by Reisinger have been published also outside of Croatia – e.g. in the German Quick, Dutch Panorama and Swiss Nebelspalter. Reisinger published also several books (Amor, amor; Rat i mir; Pero; Stefekove pustolovine). He was awarded the Vladimir Nazor Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984. Oton Anton Reisinger was the laureate of numerous prestigious awards from cartoon competitions and festivals wordwide. A number of his works we can only guess – apparently there are more than 70,000 arftworks. Oton Anton Reisinger passed away on 6th April 2016.

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SEVERAL CARTOONS BY OTON ANTON REISINGER:

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* Source: Croatian Cartoonists Association (HR)


TAMAS CSASZAR PASSED AWAY

Just now we heard the sad news that on 12th March 2016 at the age of 68 years passed away a great personality of Hungarian and world cartooning Tamas Csaszar. Rest in peace!

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1948 - 2016
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Memories of his friend Tamas Csaszar sent us Dr. Geza Halasz, outstanding Hungarian cartoonist and the President of Cartoonists Department of the National Union of Hungarian Journalists:

On 12th March Tamas Csaszar passed away in a serious illness. He was a determining person of the caricature section of the Association of Hungarian Journalists and the founder of KOKSZ Group (Satirical Art Section of the Association of Hungarian Fine and Applied Artists).

Even if he was never willing to take an official position, in fact he was a leading figure in every event concerning caricature.

Starting in Ludas Matyi at a very young age he renewed and he brought a fresh aspect in the Hungarian satirical life. In his works he represented a strict and high quality and he expected the same from his fellow artists. His firm consistence was not always welcome by his collegues and often led to offense. In hospital, when he was already aware of the fact that his illness was terminal, he joked that many people would be happy to hear about his death. On the other hand those who appreciated his critics and found them rewarding, those who had the patience to discuss about art and caricature, become his true friends. There are many of us.

The root of his life-long debate was well expressed in a famous quotation by Karinthy: “The only thing I take seriously is humour.” Tamas did not tolerate either superficial jokes, witless and meaningless gags or poor quality of drawings. He always expressed his opinion openly and ruthlessly to his collegues. He was passionately against every form of cheap political propaganda, racist cartoons and all kinds of disrespectful mentality towards human sense. He was passionately against to the creators of these as well.

After working for Ludas Matyi he published in some magazines but in the last few decades his publishings were getting rarer. At the same time he was getting to be involved more and more in organizing, most of the time just from the background. He organized different exhibitions from Rackeve, Vienna, Rome, Budapest, or in the middle of the street to his rooftop terrace of his own flat. He had been collecting materials and writing essays on caricature for many years… Unfortunately he couldn’t finish his book. But his work became the basis of the lecture series called “Caricature Academy” where he invited the most leading cartoonists to share their “tricks” in public.

Caricature was a passionate commitement for Tamas and he would have expected the same from all of his collegues. His nickname “Stalker” refers to Tarkovski’s character who guides the adventurers, the escapists or just the curious ones to dangerous and banned zones. The journey to the zones is full of strange phenomena and traps and they threathen not only the passenger but the guide as well. For Tamas caricature’s role in the society was a kind of guidence, a “stalker” which leads us to understanding, to laugh and gives us the relief not to take ourselves so seriously. Tamás was a kind of guide who tried to lead us to this secret.

His last guide was to greet the 95-year old Tibor Kajan with an exhibition but finally he didn’t manage to get there. He followed the events from his hospital bed. And its success made him happy…

Tamas, we don’t forget you! Rest in peace!

Dr. Geza HALASZ

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Tamas CsaszarTamas CSASZAR (photo: Geza Halasz)

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Sajdik Ferencz - Csaszar Tamas portraitPortrait of Tamas Csaszar by Ferencz Sajdik (HU)

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CARTOONS BY TAMAS CZASZAR

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More cartoons by Tamas Czaszar see here:

(For fullscreen presentation in “Slideshow” mode click under the picture to such button)

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* Text, photo and cartoons provided by: Dr. Geza Halasz (HU)


TRIBUTE TO TIBOR KAJAN

Kajan Hommage

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Tibor Kajan (HU)

Legendary cartoonist Tibor Kajan (HU)

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Tibor Kajan, who has turned 95 this year, is one of the leading cartoonists in Hungary. Conceptually, in its choice of expression, style, and expressive power his art was a notable accomplishment in the second half of the 20 th century. Through his cartoons one understands the world and how it works. A single illustration makes its key features stick. His philosophy as an artist is evident in the title of one of his books, “I Think, Therefore I Draw.” To him cartoons uncover hidden correlations. His philosophy is that cartoons look behind the surface of things to expose the inevitable laws of life.

Tibor Kajan survive the forced labor in the war, than captured an army deserter escapes can dodging the expected death sentence, that after the war “casually” on admission of the then organized spiritual and cultural mainstream, perform the college and will be during the “Ludas Matyi” (Hungarian satiric paper) employee until that due to an otherwise random caesura 1964 weekly newspaper the Tukor (Mirror, later New Mirror) by holding a twenty-five years’ bonus game will receive a second possibility: a more valid than ever lifetime achievement, confidence, freedom to the creation and experimentation. All this is an unfortunate era when journalism, including the cartoons – the most liberal arts! – the
political propaganda and top dictated by borniert intentions device’s considered.

* The photos: (see below) 03.03. 2011 we celebrated his 90 birthday on the street in front of his flat. Now we are organizing an exhibition: “Hommage a Kaján Tibor”

Dr. Geza HALASZ                                                                                                       President of the Cartoonists’ Department of the National Union of Hungarian Journalists

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Friends of Tibor Kajan

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Friends of Tibor Kajan

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TIBOR KAJAN CARTOONS:

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* Source: Geza Halasz (HU)


JOE SZABO PASSED AWAY

We have just heard with profound regret the sad news that on 2nd Febuary 2016 at the age of 65 years passed away our friend and colleague, a great personality of the world cartooning Joe Szabo. Rest in peace, dear friend!

Joe George SzaboJOE SZABO
  4th February 1950 - 2nd February 2016
R. I. P.

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Memories of Joe Szabo has shared with us his long-time close friend Joe Bekesi, excellent cartoonist and caricaturist from Budapest, Hungary:

Joseph George Szabo, 65, of North Wales, PA, passed away Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 at his home, just two days shy of his 66th birthday. Joe was born February 4th, 1950 in Budapest, Hungary. He graduated from the Academy of Journalism in 1974. On July 19, 1975 he married. The couple took the brave leap in fleeing the communist country in search of freedom. He was a passionate risk taker, boundless world traveler, and world-class debater. He never once lost an argument. Joe’s friends described him as having an infectious personality with a continuous thirst for knowledge. He had a life-long love affair with politics, swimming and collecting artifacts from the various countries he’d visited. Joe has launched a variety of print and electronic publications, mostly dedicated, but not limited, to the fine and diverse representation of cartoon art. The former editor, art director, and cartoonist with reputable European and U.S. national newspapers and magazines, was the organizer and chairman of an international cartoon festival that drew professionals to Budapest, Hungary, from over thirty countries. Among Szabo’s cherished works is “The Finest International Political Cartoons of our Time” series that showcases socio-political cartoons from nearly 60 countries by many world-renowned cartoonists, including fourteen recipients of the Pulitzer Prize. His most widely recognizable publication, *WittyWorld International Cartoon Magazine*, reached 103 countries for over a decade. Szabo is the recipient of twelve international awards, including an International Press Prize from Belgium and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Mexico.

R. I. P.

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Joe Szabo-lectorJoe Szabo as a lecturer promoted cartoon art worldwide

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Joe Szabo books Joe Szabo published numerous books on cartoon art

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Witty World MagazineJoe Szabo for many years published the famous magazine Witty World

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* Source: Joe Bekesi (HU) – text, Huseyin Cakmak (CY) – pictures: lecturer, books, Witty World


GERHARD HADERER: THINK BIG !

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The Caricature Museum in the Austrian city of Krems an der Donau is preparing an exclusive exhibition of artworks by leading Austrian artist and cartoonist Gerhard Haderer (see photo).

Karikaturmuseum Krems, unique in Austria, will present the world premiere of the most extensive exhibition of satire and critical humor of a famous Austrian cartoonist Gerhard Haderer. At the exhibition there will be possible to admire the new, never to the public exposed works. Haderer’s brilliant cartoons are created not on a paper as it is usual, but on canvas of a large format painted perfectly in a style of the old masters.

Cartoons by Gerhard Haderer in a sophisticated way react to various taboos and moral ambiguity, they set uncompromising mirror to all human shortcomings and imperfections. Author without unnecessary respect touches even very sensitive topics such as politics or religion – using eminently artistic means he expresses in his artworks even the things that many people think but are afraid to speak openly about.

Curator of the exhibition – the Karikaturmuseum director Gottfried Gusenbauer will present an exhibition of 140 originals and a number of sketches by Gerhard Haderer, which are an impressive chronicle of our times..

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Gerhard Haderer: Think Big !

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Opening of the exhibition “Gerhard Haderer: Think Big!” will be held on February 27, 2016 at 11:00 am. at Karikaturmuseum in Krems an der Donau. The exhibition will last until 20th November 2016. More info: www.karikaturmuseum.at

We strongly recommend this unique exhibition to all admirers of high-quality cartoons!

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As an invitation to visit this great exhibition we offer to you a look at some of the exhibited artworks by Gerhard Haderer:

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Author of the artworks: Gerhard Haderer (Austria)

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* Source: Gerhard Haderer (AT)


CARTOONING FOR HUMAN RIGHTS in STRASBOURG

Cartooning for Human Rights

On the occasion of this year’s awarding of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, which the European Parliament since 1988 grants every year to a person with the most significant contribution to the global fight for human rights, the NGO Cartooning for Peace organized in French Strasbourg an important event entitled “Cartooning for Human Rights”.

The NGO Cartooning for Peace was founded in 2006 in New York on the initiative of the former UN Secretary-General, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan and the outstanding French cartoonist Plantu and its task is to promote freedom of expression for cartoonists around the world.

The event “Cartooning for Human Rights” in Strasbourg in December 2015 teamed together cartoonists from all 28 European Union member countries in order to support through their artworks and thoughts the idea of democracy, human rights and freedom of expression.

The invitation of the organizers accepted and individual member countries of the European Union at the event represented the following authors:

Gerhard Haderer (Austria), Nicolas Vadot (Belgium), Ivailo Tsvetkov (Bulgaria), Damir Novak (Croatia), Mustafa Tozaki (Cyprus), Bretislav Kovarik (Czech Republic), Kamilla Wichmann (Denmark), Hillar Mets (Estonia), Adam Korpak (Finland), Jean Plantu (France), Miriam Wurster (Germany), Michael Kountouris (Greece), Joep Bertrams (Holland), Gabor Papai (Hungary), Richard Chapman/Serg (Ireland), Alessandro Gatto (Italy), Gatis Sluka (Latvia), Vladimiras Beresniovas/Vlaber (Lithuania), Florin Balaban (Luxembourg), Steve Bonello (Malta), Jerzy Gluszek (Poland), Cristina Sampaio (Portugal), Florian Doru Crihana (Romania), Karol Cizmazia (Slovakia), Marko Kocevar (Slovenia), Nani Mosquera (Spain), Riber Hansson (Sweden), Steve Bell (United Kingdom).

Cartoonists completed a rich two-day program, which included the following agenda:

  • Opening of the exhibition “28 Cartoons for Human Rights” at the European Parliament. The exhibition was ceremonially opened by the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz and the President of the NGO Cartooning for Peace French cartoonist Plantu.
  • Launch of “The Book of Sakharov Prize Laureates”
  • Panel debate in the European Parliament on the theme “Freedom of Expression: Building Bridges and Fostering Tolerance”. Introduction by the Vice-President of the European Parliament Ulrike Lunacek
  • Screening of the film “Cartoonists – Foot Soldiers of Democracy” with a foreword by the film’s director Stephanie Valloatto
  • Debate with the participation of the film director, cartoonists and the viewers
  • Participation in the award ceremony of the Sakharov Prize at the European Parliament
  • Drawing of cartoonists on the occasion of awarding of the Sakharov Prize
  • Visit to the Museum of Tomi Ungerer – International illustration center in Strasbourg
  • Debate with cartoonists at the Museum on the theme “Europe and Human Rights Protection: Desire and reality” in the presence of journalists
  • Debate in the auditorium of the Ecole des avocats on the theme “Youth and Freedom“
  • Reception on the occasion of awarding the Sakharov Prize in the Strasbourg City Hall with the participation of the Vice-President of the European Parliament Ulrike Lunacek, the Sakharov Prize Laureate’s wife, representatives of the city of Strasbourg, journalists and cartoonists

We have to highly appreciate the excellent organizational work of the NGO Cartooning for Peace which allowed the realization of this unique international event and focused attention to a wide spectrum of topics relating to human rights seen through the eyes of outstanding cartoonists from across the European Union.

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SEVERAL PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT:

Cartoonists in the EU Parliament Strasbourg Cartoonists from 28 member countries of the European Union at the European Parliament in Strasbourg

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Opening of the cartoon exhibtionOpening of the cartoon exhibition in the European Parliament

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Panel debate on Freedom of expressionPanel debate on the theme “Freedom of Expression”

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Award ceremony in the EU ParliamentAward ceremony of the Sakharov Prize at the European Parliament

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Drawing of the cartoonistsCartoonists drawing in the auditorium during the award ceremony

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In front of Tomi Ungerer's MuseumCartoonists in front of the Tomi Ungerer Museum in Strasbourg

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At the Strasbourg City HallReception at the Strasbourg City Hall

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Photo: Cartooning for Peace


BRITISH POLITICAL CARTOON OF THE YEAR

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The Syrian drowned child is the subject of the best English political cartoon of the year

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Written by: Francisco Punal Suarez (Spain) for the e-magazine „Mundiario“

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The Ellwood Atfield Gallery, London, with the support of several sponsors, performed by popular vote on a website the selection of the best political cartoon of the year.

A horrible image, an image of shame, an unbearable image: a Syrian child of three years drowned in Turkish waters trying to get with his family to the Greek island of Kos, fleeing from the war raging in their country.

His name was Aylan Kurdi. His photo was a scream of warning to the world; but the worst is that children are still dying in the attempt to cross the sea, and thousands of refugees are rejected in Europe.

The artist Peter Brookes, the British newspaper The Times; the story became a critical message to show how late was a European lifeguard at the edge of the beach where the child lies drowned.

His work won by popular vote on a website, among the proposed 28 works as a best political cartoon of 2015 in Britain. At the Awards ceremony, organized by the Ellwood Atfield Gallery, London with the support of several sponsors, attended by hundreds of cartoonists, cultural figures and politicians, in an act that confirms the value of caricature, its social criticism and impact on the thinking of society.

The second place went to Bob Moran of the Daily Telegraph with a drawing entitled “Labour is not working”, which shows a long line of unemployed where former leaders of the Labour Party appear.

The selection of the best cartoon of the year is an initiative that could well be carried out in Spain, as a stimulus to the work of cartoonists, very affected by the dismissal of thousands of them of the means in which they were working in this country and where it is increasingly difficult to make a living with that job.

Francisco PUNAL SUAREZ                                                                                          (author of the article is Spanish journalist and photographer)

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More info: http://www.ellwoodatfieldgallery.com/

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* Source: Francisco Punal Suarez (Spain)


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