The exhibition, conceived as an echo of the 50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty, brings together as many French illustrators as German ones. Thus the German satirical reviews Kladderadatasch, Pardon, Simplicissimus and Titanic find their French counterparts in La Baïonnette, La Caricature, Le Charivari, Charlie-Hebdo and Hara-Kiri. Among other artists irrespective of period, Antonelli, Arnold, Bosc, Braunagel, Cabrol, Cabu, Daumier, Effel, Flora, Forain, Gulbransson, Hanel, Hanitzsch, Hansi, Heartfield, Hermann-Paul, Hoppmann, Kroll, Léandre, Moisan, Plantu, Robida, Sauer, Sennep, Siné, Waechter, Willem, Zislin have all clashed pencils in the worlds of publishing, posters and press on either side of the Rhine, giving a caustic, sometimes cruel vision of the topic. The Alsatian Tomi Ungerer occupies a special place among them and his is a corrosive, no-holds-barred view of the topic, contrasting with that of his predecessors.
The display of around 150 works, including original drawings, reviews and books, aims to highlight different techniques used in satirical drawing and illustrates the symbolic iconography of the two countries and key moments in Franco-German relations. Scathing humour rounds off the display with a gallery of caricatures including all the French presidents and German chancellors and specially conceived for the exhibition by the illustrator Frank Hoppmann.