Silly Circus! is a participatory exhibition on laughter and humor in the circus arts. Works made by children from the Saint-Michel district are displayed alongside paintings from the Jacob-William Fund.
Laughter and humor are what allow people to share great moments, to activate a community dimension where words are no longer essential: to laugh together or to make others laugh is also to reach out to others, to offer a wonderful interlude that makes life even more beautiful!
Laughing cannot be learned, it is an innate, communicative, and soothing ability. In the circus, laughter is a way to release the excess tension caused by a succession of dangerous acts. This is where the clowns come in.
Between short skits and real acts, clowns have become true symbols of the circus. They are often the first to come to mind when it comes to defining the essential elements of a circus show.
Since the 19th century, the poster has evolved in its conception and its way of illustrating and communicating. As a communication tool, the circus poster was first elaborated with a great luxury of details before sliding towards more synthesis and simplicity. The posters created in Eastern Europe, Poland, Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union, are a good example.
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