Tintin in Brussels

CULTURE
Julien Antinoff
Editor Made in Brussels
23rd July 2013

Tintin is the pride of Belgium including Brussels, in fact, Brussels has become a place of pilgrimage for fans of the young reporter, we followed his footsteps.

If Tintin's first appearence was in 1929 in the youth newspaper supplement, The Twentieth Century, it's reputation is still intact. Created by Herge, the reporter was always accompanied by his fox terrier Snowy, a major character in the comic book of the twentieth century. More than 200 million copies of his adventures would go onto sell worldwide. Adapted several times in film, Tintin has been successful worldwide, especially when Steven Spielberg made The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Pride of the people of Belgium can be seen throughout the capital.

Museums

The Center for the Belgian cartoon, The Royal Ontario Museum and the Museum of Original Figurines (Moff) have a common point: Tintin. They offer a chance to get to know the great writers behind Tintin and of course the creator, Herge. The Moof has a collection of unique objects as works of art such as, Tintin in the vase (Blue Lotus), the sarcophagus Snowy ( cigars of the Pharaoh) or the frescoes Rascar of Capac (The 7 crystal balls). 

The Frescoes

Everywhere, frescoes featuring Tintin are visible. For the Centenary of Hergé, a drawing of Tintin in America was developed near the Gare du Midi. There is also a large mural depicting Tintin, Snowy and Captain Haddock. Another designed by Hergé can be seen in the terminal of the Metro Line 1. Conducted by his friend Bob de Moor, it reproduces more than 140 characters in the authors comics. Other frescoes area also visible in the city. 

Statue

Before the release of the film directed by Spielberg, a statue of Tintin and Snowy was inaugurated in October 2011, in the neighborhood of Sablon. In 1975, Hergé himself ordered a sculpture from Nat Neujean, for the first statue. The artist worked in steps from a model of 70cm, before transforming it into a 1 m 80 creation. The first was unveiled in Wolvendael Park in Uccle in 1976. Many attempts of theft and vandalism forced the muncipality to place the work in a municipal building. One copy is ordered and presented throughout the year on the Place du Grand Sablon, much to the delight of fans of Tintin!

Text Julien Antinoff

Translation Karen Athwal

Julien Antinoff
Editor Made in Brussels
23rd July 2013
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