Comics Art Museum

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The Comics Art Museum, an accomplished attraction located in the heart of Brussels!

In an exceptional Art Nouveau building designed by Victor Horta, the Smurfs lead the way to all comic strip secrets, through permanent and temporary exhibitions covering the works from the pioneers to the most recent trends of the 9th art.
  • Close to Central Station • Public Transport : bus, tram and metro (Rogier, Botanique).
    • Paying Public Car Parkings.
  • 2,6 Rogier - Botanique
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  • Opening times

    30/09/2021 - 16/04/2022: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

  • Price

    Normal: 12,00 € - Enfants: 5,00 € - Senior: 9,00 € - Jeunes: 9,00 € - museumpassmusées: 0,00 € - Article 27: 1,25 €

At a time when America reigned supreme over realistic comics with Flash Gordon, Dick Tracy, Mandrake, the Phantom, Jungle Jim, Tarzan or Prince Valiant, Edgar P. Jacobs was the first Belgian author to rival the aesthetic perfection and narration of comics. In 1943, the artist was nearly 40 years old when he created The 'U' Ray in Bravo! magazine, the first science-fiction comic strip 'made in Belgium'. Impressed by his talent, Hergé hired him as a collaborator and convinced the Brussels publisher Raymond Leblanc to integrate him into the editorial staff of the future newspaper Tintin. For the first issue, Edgar P. Jacobs imagined the scenario of a contemporary story on the theme of the Third World War: The Secret of Swordfish. It was an immediate and dazzling success. The publication of this seminal story of the adventures of Blake and Mortimer kept readers on the edge of their seats from 26 September 1946 to 8 September 1949. The Secret of Swordfish broke with the Franco-Belgian tradition of naive young heroes turned to unbridled action and the 144-plate plot prefigured the modern graphic novel. Edgar P. Jacobs worked on the psychology of the characters, taking manic care with the credibility of the settings and the drama of the colours. Published in two volumes in 1950 and 1953, The Secret of Swordfish was reissued as a complete book in 1964. Seventy-five years after its creation, the anniversary exhibition The Secret of the Swordfish takes a behind-the-scenes look at this masterpiece of the 9th Art and into the intimacy of its visionary creator. Plates, sketches, objects and personal accessories of Edgar P. Jacobs await you. Accompanied by your smartphones, follow the panels in augmented reality, bring the heroes to life, share their emotions and above all discover the secret of the Swordfishes! Curators: Daniel Couvreur and Eric Dubois

  • Opening times

    07/12/2021 - 27/03/2022: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

  • Price

    Normal: 12,00 € - Enfants: 5,00 € - Jeunes: 9,00 € - Senior: 9,00 € - museumpassmusées: 0,00 € - Article 27: 1,25 €

The name of Patrice Leconte evokes a number of outstanding films, whose fame testifies to their success. For several months, two comic book authors accompanied him on his projects, taking note of each stage of the adventure. The union of these talents gives us a remarkable album that revisits the director's career with humour. It comes to life under Nicoby's strokes and Joub's pen, between meetings, anecdotes, sharing and discoveries. The expressive drawing responds to the dynamic rhythm of the dialogues and repartees. The duo of authors paint a portrait of a funny, humble, open-minded man, with many projects. His other passion, comics, is evoked through his collaboration with Pilote magazine in the 1970s as a cartoonist and scriptwriter. From his beginnings to the present day, the filmmaker confides in us with sincerity, sharing his memories, successes as well as difficulties and disappointments. The project of his latest film, "Maigret", is gradually being revealed for our great pleasure, up to the effervescence of the film set... The Comics Art Museum loves it when "Leconte unlocks the drama" and with this exhibition offers to share a delightful moment between the Seventh and Ninth Art! Mélanie Andrieu - Comics Art Museum With the support of the Brussels Capital Region

  • Opening times

    21/12/2021 - 07/05/2022: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

  • Price

    Normal: 12,00 € - Enfants: 5,00 € - Jeunes: 9,00 € - Senior: 9,00 € - museumpassmusées: 0,00 € - Article 27: 1,25 €

In Belgium, it was Hergé who first introduced comic strip art as we know it in 1929. However, prior to this, an Antwerp-born comic strip artist had already dreamed up the adventures of two special characters, which helped to shape the early beginnings of the history of the Belgian world of comics… For George van Raemdonck, who was born in Antwerp in 1888, drawing was just a way of life and his means of expression. Besides being a comic strip artist, this Belgian artist was also a caricaturist, a book illustrator and painter, and used a whole host of media and techniques to depict his beliefs and his surroundings. To escape the war, he settled in the Netherlands and started work as a political caricaturist, reporting the latest news even in the darkest of hours. He gained fame there with a comic strip series entitled Bulletje en Bonestaak [Beanstalk and Gumdrop] based on a script written by A.M. de Jong, who was a much-loved friend and colleague. By his skilful hand, these two emblematic characters evolved over the course of numerous adventures in the far-flung corners of the world. Being a highly creative artist, he varied his layouts, changed the backgrounds and styles, and switched from a bright and simplified style of drawing to one that was more realistic and detailed. By retracing the steps of George van Raemdonck, the exhibition helps the general public to (re)discover the body of work of a pioneer of Belgian comic strip art and of a prolific and highly talented graphic artist, whose major series will be celebrating its centenary in 2022… An exhibition organised by the Belgian Comic Strip Center With the Support of the Brussels-Capital Region