Brussels is historically the cradle of comics. There, Tintin Spirou, the Smurfs and others grew up. Today, this art is present everywhere in the Belgian capital. The bubbles enliven walls and facades, the characters are sold in galleries and shops. Parades in honor of heroes are even organized in the streets. And the comic strip is also an art that generates exhibitions : Calliopée makes you visit the Belgian Comic Strip Center in Brussels.
The Comic Strip Museum is located in Brussels, in an art nouveau building designed by the architect Victor Horta in 1906. Near the place, a monumental statue of Gaston Lagaffe indicates its presence. Opened in 1989, this museum has been honoring artists, draughtsmen and heroes of the 9th art for thirty years. We are immersed in the world of comics from the entrance, thanks to the presence of large figurines (Boule & Bill, a Smurf, Lucky Luke and Jolly Jumper).
Now a museum with an international vocation, the center houses a permanent exhibition, which traces the history of comics and presents the different classical and contemporary authors of this art. This part of the museum also allows to understand the process of the creation of a comic strip. The museum also offers several temporary exhibitions, dedicated to a current, a theme, one of the many heroes or a major artist (Hergé, Franquin, Peyo for example). Until September 2019, visitors can discover the talent of Belgian cartoonist Marc Wasterlain in an immersive exhibition. In addition, the comic strip museum pays special tribute to Tintin, the famous reporter created by Hergé in 1929. A space is also devoted to Peyo, with a village very realistic 3D smurf. Finally, the Center has the largest comic book library in the world and an important documentation center.
The Brussels Comic Strip Museum also has the distinctive characteristic of organizing introductory courses, especially for families. Young BD enthusiasts can learn to build their own story, advised by a professional. The different techniques for drawing a plank in color are discussed. The Belgian Center manages to transmit the passion for comics through these playful and creative workshops. Discover this unique place thanks to the cultural journey proposed by Calliopée.