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For about 10 years now, Jazz à Vienne festival has been encouraging a dialogue between jazz and graphic novels with the event “Traits de Jazz” (understand “Jazz lines”), in partnership with JML Arts and the bookshop Bulles de Vienne. Each edition comes with exhibitions, book signing events, workshops and masterclasses confirming the strong relationship between the two arts.

In 2021, for its 40th anniversary, Jazz à Vienne decided to organize the exhibition “40 bulles de Jazz”

This unique project with original pieces from 40 major cartoonists of today presents an eclectic overview on contemporary graphic novels.
Enki Bilal, Pénélope Bagieu, Christophe Blain, Blutch, Charles Burns, Hermann, Manara, Art Spiegelman, Florence Cestac and Chris Ware, to name but a few, all crafted their own inimitable style and share a passion for music.
From different countries and generations, they represent the many trends in graphic novels over the past 40 years. For this exhibition, they come together around a common interest: to wit, jazz. Each of them explores, with their own techniques, the rich spirit of this music: an imaginary world enchanting and unreal one moment, funny the next, yet always moved by a great sensitivity. The exhibition “40 Bulles de Jazz” is all about the drawings. Yet comics and graphic novels would not be the 9th art without words. In response to the cartoonists’ creations, we invited 40 well-known writers, journalists and artists to set pen to paper and write their feelings about their favourite drawing and/or the overall work of the artist. Throughout the exhibition, visitors will be able to hear a selection of jazz tracks chosen by the cartoonists and the writers. Also on display will be the 3 concerts with live drawing co-produced by Jazz à Vienne and the international comics festival of Angoulême for Jazz à Vienne 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Drawings, writings and music will be the heart and soul of this three dimensional exhibition.

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Exhibition open from tuesday to sunday from June 10th to July 11th, from 10am to 6pm and until 9pm on thursdays of July. 

Free entrance

40 cartoonists : Charlie Adlard, Andreas, Pénélope Bagieu, Edmond Baudoin, Enki Bilal, Christophe Blain, Blutch, François Boucq,  Brüno Charles Burns, Cabu, Catel, Florence Cestac, Nicole Claveloux, Robert Crumb, Rébecca Dautremer, Lludovic Debeurme, Brecht Evens, Emil Ferris, Philippe Geluck, Götting, Juanjo Guarnido, Hermann Miles Hyman, Shinichi Ishizuka, Éric Lambé, Jacques de Loustal, Milo Manara,  Frank Margerin, Marc-Antoine Mathieu, Lorenzo Mattotti, Dave Mckean, José Muñoz, Rubén Pellejero, François Schuiten, Gilbert Shelton, Art Spiegelman, Bastien Vivès, Chris Ware, Yslaire

40 writers : Aline Afanoukoé, Laure Albernhe, Pierre-Henri Ardonceau, Pierre Assouline, José-Louis Bocquet, Julie Bonnie, Michel Bussi, Sorj Chalandon, Jérôme Charyn, Hugh Coltman, Paule Constant, Édith de Cornulier, Didier Daeninckx, Sonia Déchamps, Didier Decoin,  Frédérique Deghelt, Alex Dutilh, Thomas Dutronc, Dalie Farah, Laetitia Gayet, Anne Goscinny, Tewfik Hakem, Robert Kirkman, Dany Laferrière, Emmanuelle Lambert, Viktor Lazlo, Dominique Manotti, Carole Martinez, Diane Mazloum, Erik Orsenna, Benoît Peeters, Léonor de Récondo, Marie Sellier, Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Rokia Traoré, Philippe Val, Aurélie Valognes, Fred Vargas, Raphäl Yem, Carole Zalberg