Posy Simmonds exhibition in Basel announced for 2021

Posy Simmonds

Switzerland’s Cartoonmuseum Basel is to host a Posy Simmonds-focused exhibition next year, co-curated by author and comics expert Paul Gravett.

Cartoonist, comics artist and children’s book author Posy Simmonds should need little introduction to downthetubes readers. She’s attracted attention internationally with the three graphic novels Gemma Bovery (1999), Tamara Drewe (2007) and Cassandra Darke (2018), and with their headstrong titular female characters. She fascinates with precise psychological portraits, mocks the shortcomings of the middle class and cultural scene, caricatures staidness, and criticises social developments.

Relatively long text passages alternate with traditional comic sequences, while references to classics by writers such as Gustave Flaubert and Charles Dickens add further layers to the stories.

Art by Posy Simmonds
This art featured on the cover of the French book, So British! L’Art de Posy by Paul Gravett, translated by Jean-Luc Fromental

Posy Simmonds first became famous nation-widen the UK for her strip “The Silent Three of St. Botolph’s”, which started appearing in The Guardian in 1977 and was about three long-time female friends. She later published it in books and developed it further to create her first graphic novel, True Love.

Other publications of hers also started as strips in The Guardian.

The Silent Three of St. Botolph’s by Posy Simmonds
The Silent Three of St. Botolph’s

In the 1980s, she published several highly successful children’s books.

An elegant, clear and corporeal drawing style, profoundly developed characters, unerring humour and the alert mind of a great storyteller characterise all of Posy Simmonds’s works. Her graphic novels have been translated into several languages and some of her books have been made into films.

Cartoonmuseum Basel will present Switzerland’s first retrospective on this major British artist, with original drawings from all graphic novels and from her children’s books, as well as illustrations and cartoons for newspapers and magazines, plus unpublished preliminary work.

The Cartoonmuseum Basel is the only museum and centre of excellence in Switzerland devoted exclusively to the art of narrative drawing. Its mission is to collect individual works, curate exhibitions and share knowledge about the genre.

The museum contributes to the debate about the art of narrative drawing and about the social and political issues it addresses.

The museum grew out of its substantial collection of over 10’000 original drawings by renowned national and international artists. Today, the museum’s focus lies on carefully curated exhibitions displaying the works of a single artist or illustrating a specific theme.

Every exhibition is curated professionally and geared towards an international audience.

Posy Simmonds 3rd July 2021 – 31st October 2021 Cartoonmuseum Basel St. Alban–Vorstadt 28 CH– 4052 Basel | English Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Books by Posy Simmonds (AmazonUK Affiliate Link)

Thanks to Paul Gravett for the head up on this exhibition

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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  1. Woohoo! I may actually be able to go see this…

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