The Musée Mer Marine welcomes “Sempé en liberté”, a new retrospective dedicated to the work of the Bordeaux designer.


For its second temporary exhibition, the Musée Mer Marine is pleased to welcome, from 29th May to 6th October 2019, “Sempé en liberté” showing more than 300 original drawings by Jean-Jacques Sempé.


A national retrospective:

This exhibition will be an opportunity to discover new works by the cartoonist born in Bordeaux (33), known especially for his illustrations of Le Petit Nicolas (60 years old this year), his regular publications in French and foreign newspapers (Sud Ouest, Paris Match, The New Yorker…) and his many publications.

Through more than 300 original drawings, many of them previously unpublished, visitors will be able to discover the virtuoso path of an artist whose work reveals part of his personality: “I see it years later: I can draw an old lady on the street or on a bicycle, and it can be me in disguise. Because she carries with her the same uncertainty that I feel every morning in front of my work table.”


The exhibition’s journey: five parts for 70 years of creation

The exhibition will be organized in five spaces retracing the various themes that the designer likes to explore: Self-Portrait, From Bordeaux to Paris – style exercises, the Air du temps- delicate offsets, the Human Comedy, and the theme of Sweet Melancholy and Great Dreams.

In addition to the exhibition, Éditions Martine Gossieaux is publishing a book-catalogue featuring Jean-Jacques Sempé’s work.


The Museum will open in its entirety (permanent exhibition, auditorium, event hosting…) at the end of June, on the occasion of the River Festival.

Practical Information


89 rue des Etrangers – 33300 Bordeaux
Phone : +33 (0)5 57 19 77 73

Opening Hours:

Everyday except Tuesday from 10h00 to 18h00 (until 19h00 on the weekends) until 30 April 2019
Last access is 30min before closing time


Full ticket: 9 €
Reduced ticket: 6 €
Free for children under 4 years old

More information www.mmmbordeaux.com

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