The Rabbi’s Cat

Joann Sfar – Drawing and Living


May 30 – September 1, 2024

Joann Sfar is a true comic star in his native France. His stories feature vampires and pirates, the Little Prince and the mystical golem, the painter Marc Chagall and the singer Serge Gainsbourg. With a distinctive line, Sfar takes his readers into the Jewish culture of France, Eastern Europe and Algeria – as in his best-known work, the comic series The Rabbi’s Cat, which is the centrepiece of this exhibition.

In drawing, Sfar has found a way of deciphering the world and creating a unique universe. A tireless worker, he has turned his art into a „human science“. He interweaves themes such as friendship, childhood, sexuality and stigmatisation with his own Jewish identity, which he understands more culturally than religiously.

In co-operation with the International Comic Salon and the mahJ Paris, the Stadtmuseum Erlangen is presenting the first exhibition in Germany dedicated to Joann Sfar. With over 200 original pages and sketchbooks, photographs and films, some of which have never been published before, the exhibition traces the career and working methods of an extraordinary artist.

Joann Sfar was honoured with the Max and Moritz Special Prize for an outstanding lifetime achievement at the 21st International Comic Salon Erlangen in 2024.

Most of the exhibition texts are available in English.

The exhibition was conceived by the Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme, Paris
Curation: Clémentine Deroudille and Thomas Ragon

Abb.: © DARGAUD, by Sfar / avant-verlag / Joann Sfar