Enjoy a guided tour in the footsteps of Pierre Dac

"Le Parti d'en Rire": the master of the absurd honored at the mahJ


#ART Rediscover the imagination and creativity of Pierre Dac and his influence on French culture during a guided tour. 
"Pierre Dac. Le Parti d'en Rire" returns to the mahJ's programming starting April 20 after a cancelled edition in 2020. The first exhibition devoted to Pierre Dac (1893-1975), it sheds light, through more than 250 documents, on the personal journey and the work of this master of the absurd.

To know

Born André Isaac, Pierre Dac came from an Alsatian Jewish family. In the 1920s, he turned to the profession of songwriter; his sketches, songs, and especially his "thoughts", earned him immediate success. In 1930, he produced the first humor shows on the radio. Very involved politically and in the media during the Second World War, he joined the Free French in 1943. After the war, the self-proclaimed "king of the zany" returned to the radio and led, in parallel, a political and militant life.

"Le Parti d'en Rire" highlights Pierre Dac's musical and literary creativity in a chronological and thematic way. It looks back at his sources, his inspirations, the role of parody and satire in his work, but also at his modes of expression, including his use of new media. The exhibition also addresses the resonance of his Jewishness in his personal life, as well as his choices as a citizen and artist.  Finally, it restores the work of Pierre Dac among those of the masters of the absurd (Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco, Roland Dubillard ...) and evokes several generations of humorists, who were his companions and who appear today in the Pantheon of humor.

Our secret

Did you know that? Pierre Dac is the inventor of the schmilblick, this object with a Yiddish name

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Wednesday, June 7 at 7pm
Museum of Jewish Art and History
Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, 71 Rue du Temple, 
75003 Paris

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© Pierre Dac and André Gabriello 1896-1975 simulating a duel with hats Hoax for L'Os à moelle Saint-Cloud, November 1938 © Archives Jacques Pessis
© Brassaï, Pierre Dac in front of his microphone Paris, 1935 Private collection © RMN-Grand Palais - Estate Brassaï Succession / Ribeyrolles family Photo ©RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Gilles Berizzi