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Austrian humour

Austrians laugh deeply from their hearts about things which are not funny at all; such as about situations like having no functioning legal system (keyword: corruption). The laughter is a sort of escape from the pain of powerlessness. In the meanwhile, even the most ignorant time companions have understood that the country's legal system is divided into two classes; the ones who have the right (always) on their side and the others who have no chance to get right. Even simple things like help by the police has to pass in many cases judges and prosecutors before. Well, and vigilantism isn't allowed in Austria (yet).

In this context, the writing on the image right (translated 'There is no inspector') is really, really funny for Austrians. The book cover references the very popular 70s/80s TV-series 'Kottan ermittelt'. The image is part of the upcoming exhibition 'Alright Commissioner?' at the Karikaturmuseum Krems where a light on crime thrillers will be thrown. Lukas Resetarits (on view on the image) is one of Austria's most prominent cabaret artists; in the TV-series, he played a police major of an overwhelmed team. Resetarits will be one of the special guests at the opening of the exhibition.

fig.: Cover of the book 'Inspektor gibt's kan' by the authors Jan and Tibor Zenker, 2013; (C) Ueberreuter Verlag, 2014. Photo provided on occasion of the exhibition 'Alles klar Herr Kommissar? - Knatterton, Kottan, Emil und andere Detektive' from 6 April until 16 November 2014 at Karikaturmuseum Krems, Austria.

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