For all those myriad of Tintin fans there is now a Hergé Museum. The Museum has now been officially opened in the small town of Louvain-la-Neuve (not far from Brussels), Belgium. The museum is dedicated to the work of Hergé (Georges Prosper Remi), who created the Tintin comic-books.
In the unlikely event that you have not read any of the books, Tintin evolved from the brush of Belgian artist Georges Prosper Remi. The hero, Tintin, is a young Belgian reporter. He is aided in his adventures by his faithful little dog Milou (which means Snowy in English). The first adventure story was published in 1929. In the sixites it was made into a television comic series and this was my introduction to the Tintin stories and characters.
The museum houses examples of the art of Tintin’s creator Georges Remi, who died in 1983. What makes it unique as a museum is that it was designed by Christian de Portzamparc, who based his design based on the art Herge. The interior has a simplistic style, one of the hallmarks of Hergé’s cartoons. The goal of the museum is to spread awareness about Hergé’s art and its influence, a campaign which began with the Hergé foundation in 1986.
I have been working in libraries for many years and the Tintin stories that I read when I was a child are still enjoyed by young people today. The stories have been translated into many languages, including Chinese, and have always been in print.
The Museum website has a gallery that shows some great photos of the different aspects of the building, which would be interesting to anyone studying architecture. You can also look at some of the plans and watch how the building was gradually constructed.
I can add another “must visit” place on the itinerary of my next overseas visit.