Every day we miss him. His mischievous smile, his eternal bowl cut, his joviality, his outspokenness. Cabu, free electron of the humorous press, prince of the politically incorrect, slayer of hypocrisies and purveyor of bursts of laughter… Observing the human being, capturing his fellow human being, conveying the truth of a being in a few precise lines, but also to give thought to the universal and tackle major social issues head-on: such was the art of Jean Cabut, dit Cabu.
A genius caricaturist (from the age of 12, he trained on his classmates), over the years he published his drawings in L’Enragé, Hara-Kiri, Charlie Hebdo, Le Canard enchaîné… The red thread of his work? Rising “against injustice and bullshit”. In the crosshairs of his gray pencil: politicians, soldiers, censors, dictators, polluters, fundamentalists of all religions. It is the latter who will assassinate him, on January 7, 2015, in the premises of Charlie Hebdo.
If laughter is so close to tears when we think of Cabu, it is because the drama of his death brutally deprived several generations of readers of his precious drawings. Presented in Toulouse after a first edition in Paris in 2020, the exhibition Le Rire de Cabu proposes to browse, through 400 drawings, including a large number of unpublished, the career of the maestro of satire, which extended over more than half a century.
From the first drawings of his college years to “Duduche”, his alter ego on paper, from the famous character of “Beauf” to the presidents of the Republic and people, from the presenter Dorothée, with whom he made his debut and who remained his accomplice , to his great masters (the cartoonist Albert Dubout in the lead), from his love for jazz to his virulent positions in favor of the planet, this beautiful exhibition crosses our fabulous “Cabu years”, between snubs and ” punches in the mouth. »
From May 3, 2022 at the Toulouse region hotel. Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nocturne on Thursdays until 8 p.m. Free admission. An exhibition at the initiative of Carole Delga, president of the Occitanie region, and Véronique Cabut.