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Hahaha. The Humor of Art 

“Nothing is serious enough to take seriously,” Marcel Duchamp 

A bottle of wine, a snow shovel, a sentence, a urinal… They don't seem that special. Who could have thought that they would be the start of an artistic revolution and completely change how we see art? And most importantly, that this change started in the middle of the First World War? Discover our new exhibition: Hahaha. The Humor of Art. 


Artistic revolution 

This artistic revolution started in 1917 with an overturned urinal. This ordinary urinal was called 'Fountain' by Marcel Duchamp and was declared a work of art. Although this was intended as a joke, this ordinary piece of plumbery has had a lasting effect on art. Humor took on a definitive role in the the kingdom of the beauty with, as a result, a beneficial upheaval in the creation and it announced the transition from modern to contemporary art. A century later, this is still regarded as a major breakthrough in art history.  

What would the art of the 20th century have been without this liberating joke, providing a sense of lightness in a world that took itself too seriously? The exhibition Hahaha. The Humor of Art, organised in collaboration with KANAL and Centre Pompidou, revolves around several themes: caricatures, puns, art as toys, hoaxes, parody, mockery and buffoons. In this exhibition, you will discover how artists embrace humor in their works and how they have broken away from the tradition to propose new forms.  

From the Great Zwans Exhibition (1885) to Dadaism, from Lolo the donkey to Marcel Duchamp's Readymades, from Man Ray to Marcel Broodthaers, Hahaha takes humor seriously. 


Curious about this exhibition?  

Do you want to be sure of your place? Book your tickets online in advance. Given the current COVID-19 measures, we work with a maximum capacity so that you can discover safely the role of humor in art.  All tickets must be purchased online before your visit. 

We only accept online or contactless payments by debit or credit card or via payconiq. No payment in cash will be accepted at the venue. 

Why are we organising this exhibition?

Not only is the art world subject to change, but the banking sector is also constantly evolving. This exhibition is therefore a reflection of our DNA. It is innovative and the works of art have each in their own way contributed to change in the art world. They have broadened the art horizon and introduced new visions.  

With this exhibition we want to make art more accessible to the public, and not just to the art experts.  

Just like our exhibitions, our products and services are accessible to everyone and we are always looking for an improved way of banking, and thus breaking habits, so that you have more time to do what you love. 

Practical information

Click below to get all the practical information about the exhibition.


Exhibition created and organised by KANAL-Centre Pompidou & the Centre Pompidou Paris for the ING Art Center.

Marcel Duchamp, Fontaine, 1917_1964, Photo Credit : Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Christian Bahier & Philippe Migeat/Dist. RMN-GP © Association Marcel Duchamp / Sabam, Belgium 2021. Graphic creation – Huz & Bosshard.

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