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The Cartoonmuseum Basel honors the work of the multiple award-winning artist for the first time in the German-speaking world with a retrospective.
In the internationally renowned comic series "Jonathan," French-Swiss comic artist Cosey and his realistic, wonderfully confident stroke take us on a journey - through the breathtaking expanses of landscapes in Asia, North America and Europe and into the inner lives of his protagonists. Born Bernard Cosendai in Lausanne in 1950 into a family that originated in the United States, Cosey was born with questions of identity and belonging. Today, Cosey is one of the most important European comic artists who, against the backdrop of the cultural upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s, have expanded comics for an adult audience with challenging themes and literary aspirations.
After an apprenticeship as a graphic artist, Cosey worked from 1970 as an assistant and colorist for his idol, the French-Swiss cartoonist Derib; from 1975 he drew for the Belgian magazines "Tintin" and "Spirou" and launched his long-running "Jonathan" series, the final album of which appeared in 2021. "Souviens-toi, Jonathan ...," the first volume of the 16-part series, takes main protagonist and dropout Jonathan to the Himalayas, where he searches for his childhood sweetheart, Tibetan Saïcha. This and the following 16 stories in the series, in addition to the adventures experienced by Cosey's alter ego Jonathan, foreground the main characters' complexly designed search for meaning and their philosophical and spiritual questions. The illustrator incorporates his own travel experiences and references to literature, film and music, and links the plot to political facts such as the occupation of Tibet by China.
In addition to his main work, Cosey also published highly regarded individual albums such as "À la recherche de Peter Pan," "Le voyage en Italie," "Joyeux Noël, May," "Zeke raconte des histoires," and the atypical "Une mystérieuse mélodie ou Comment Mickey rencontra Minnie," a comic album entirely in the style of Floyd Gottfredson, the most legendary "Mickey Mouse" cartoonist, and authorized by Disney.
In 2017, the Angoulême International Comics Festival awarded Cosey the Grand Prix for lifetime achievement. The Cartoonmuseum Basel honors the work of the multiple award-winning artist for the first time in the German-speaking world with a retrospective that includes original drawings, including pages from the last and final volume of "Jonathan", and sources of inspiration such as photographs, sketchbooks and films.
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