Temporary exhibition

Friday April 17, 2020 — Sunday November 1, 2020

Chapleau, Profession: Cartoonist

Explore the world of Serge Chapleau in the first major retrospective devoted to the creative work of this icon of cartooning. With his incisive pen and devilishly sharp strokes, Chapleau shows us the hilarious side of Quebec society. Politicians, celebrities and other public figures—everyone is fair game for the Montreal cartoonist’s scathing humour.

The exhibition, which features over 150 original cartoons, sketches and illustrations, reveals unknown facets of this multidisciplinary artist. The cartoons, the real stars of the show, have been selected to document the main topics, including the follies of his youth, his sources of graphic inspiration, his irreverent portraits, how his drawing technique has evolved as seen through the lens of his editorial cartoons and, of course, the various incarnations of his iconic character, Gérard D. Laflaque.

With the focus inevitably on satire, the exhibition looks back at 50 years of Quebec popular culture and current affairs.

  • S. Chapleau, <i>Franken Jackson?</i>, 1991. Gift of Serge Chapleau, M996.10.237 © McCord Museum
  • S. Chapleau, <i>Justin Trudeau</i>, 2007. Gift of Serge Chapleau, M2009.52.423.1 © McCord Museum
  • S. Chapleau, <i>Céline Dion</i>, 2003. Gift of Serge Chapleau, M2005.166.152.2 © McCord Museum
  • S. Chapleau, <i>Kim Jong‐Un and Donald Trump</i>, 2018. Gift of Serge Chapleau, M2019.48.293 © McCord Museum
  • <i>Gérard D. Laflaque</i>, about 1985. Gift of Serge Chapleau, M2019.127.2.24 © McCord Museum

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