Comics Art Museum

20 Rue des Sables - 1000 Brussels

Comics Art Museum

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General

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An accomplished attraction located in the heart of Brussels, the Comics Art Museum has been honouring the creators and heroes of the 9th Art for more than 25 years.
The regularly renewed permanent exhibitions and a diversified programme of temporary exhibitions enable visitors to discover the countless aspects of comics art. Tintin and the Smurfs lead the way towards further adventures, an encounter with a world where creativity has no limits. Enhanced by an exceptional Art Nouveau home designed by Victor Horta, the Comics Art Museum is just as much a tribute to the pioneers as a glimpse of contemporary comics art. Open EVERY DAY from 10.00 to 18.00.
Practical information

Practical information

Information for individuals

  • Opening times
    All year round, every day: 10.00 - 18.00 • Closed 01/01 and 25/12
  • Price
    adults € 10 - 65+ € 8 - youngsters (12-25) € 7 - children (6-11) € 3.50 - children (< 6) free of charge
  • Tour length

    1 to 1 1/2 hrs

Information for groups

  • Opening times
    • Monday 10:00 - 18:00
    • Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
    • Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
    • Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
    • Friday 10:00 - 18:00
    • Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
  • Price
    (min. 15 people) adults € 8 - youngsters (>12) € 5 - children (<12) € 3.50
  • Guided tour
    (EN, FR, NL, DE, ES, IT, GR, DA, SW) : 1 1/2 hrs - € 75 per guide (max. 25 people) - Discounts for school groups - Please book at least 2 weeks in advance (website, e-mail or phone)
  • Information
    • "Comic Book" tours in the historic quarter (subject to prior booking): 2 1/2 hrs - € 135 - Discounts for school groups
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Itinerary

  • Close to Central Station • Public Transport : bus, tram and metro •
    Paying Public Car Parkings
Events

Events

  • 2017
    Jun
    13
    2018
    Jan
    28
    Zidrou, a scriptwriter and his illustrators
    Zidrou, a scriptwriter and his illustrators
    • Opening times

      13/06/2017 - 28/01/2018: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

    • Price

      Normal: 10,00 € - Jeunes: 7,00 € - Senior: 8,00 € - Demandeurs d'emploi: 10,00 € - Groupe: 8,00 €

    Behind the persona of this successful humourist scriptwriter lies a humanistic author who fills drawer upon drawer with highly emotive original scripts. The Comic Strip Museum has chosen to celebrate this multi-talented scriptwriter, who uncovered a whole new generation of talented illustrators from Spain, where he lives, alongside his many illustrators.

  • 2017
    Sep
    19
    2018
    Jun
    03
    The New Flemish Comic Strip
    The New Flemish Comic Strip
    • Opening times

      19/09/2017 - 03/06/2018: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

    • Price

      Normal: 10,00 € - Jeunes: 7,00 € - Senior: 8,00 € - Demandeurs d'emploi: 10,00 € - Groupe: 8,00 €

    Their names are, just to mention a few, Judith Vanistendael, Brecht Evens and Olivier Schrauwen. Their work has been translated into several languages, and they are lauded for their artistic and script-writing quality, both at home and abroad. This fantastic success story comes as a direct result of the Comic Strip Art Commission, which was set up in 2002 as part of the Flemish Foundation for Literature. By awarding art grants as well as providing effective support with translation and international promotion, this commission has contributed to the emergence of a new highly-talented creative generation. These gifted Flemish-speaking Belgian authors most definitely deserve this large-scale exhibition that will soon be opening its doors at the Comics Art Museum… Curators: Mélanie Andrieu and Tine Anthoni With the support of the Brussels-Capital Region

  • 2018
    Jan
    01
    2018
    Dec
    31
    Horta and the Waucquez Stores
    Horta and the Waucquez Stores
    • Opening times

      01/01/2018 - 31/12/2018: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

    • Price

      Normal: 10,00 € - Enfants: 3,50 € - Jeunes: 7,00 € - Senior: 8,00 €

    It is the story of a shop unlike anything built nowadays. Over 100 years old, it is the last semi-industrial building designed by Victor Horta that is still in existence! During the first 70 years of its life, cloth and fabrics were sold there, as planned by Charles Waucquez. Witness to the transformation of Brussels, in a district that is without doubt the one that had suffered most from 20th century progress, the shop closed in 1970, and thereafter experienced its most difficult years. Then new hopes, new projects appeared. In 1984, the building was bought by the federal State, with the aim of establishing a museum devoted to comic strip.

  • 2018
    Feb
    13
    2018
    Sep
    09
    A panorama of Chinese comic strips
    A panorama of Chinese comic strips
    • Opening times

      13/02/2018 - 09/09/2018: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

    The oldest illustrated Chinese book was printed by wood block in the year 868, well before Gutenberg invented the printing press, however manhua (Chinese comic strips), like its Belgian counterpart, did not really take off until the first half of the 20th century. Mr Wang, the first Chinese comic strip hero to make a regular appearance, was born in 1929, the same year as Tintin. And China’s most famous comic strip character, San Mao, was created in 1935, the year of first publication of The Blue Lotus, which recounts Tintin’s adventures in China. However, Chinese comic strip culture also has the lianhuanhua, which originates from an ancient tradition of telling stories in pictures. These small volumes, measuring 12.5 x 10 cm, were created for the ordinary people. Each told a complete story, with an illustration and narrative on every page and were often printed in millions of copies. Although the printing quality was poor, their illustrations were often genuine little masterpieces. At the dawn of the 21st century, when China opened up to the world, Chinese authors found new sources of inspiration in European, American and Japanese comic strips and adopted the storyboard with dialogue in each small box. While adult fans took an interest in western-style comic strips, the younger generations, who had been brought up on Japanese cartoons, found a passion for Manga. Regardless of the genre, it is always the most talented authors in both China and Western Europe who end up making their mark. When you consider that China has a population of 1.3 billion, there is every likelihood that you will discover some of the best authors on the planet in this exhibition. Curators: JC De la Royère and LUO Yiping. With the support of the Bruxelles-Capitale region

  • 2018
    Jun
    19
    2018
    Nov
    25
    CATEL- Drawn destinies of strong women
    CATEL- Drawn destinies of strong women
    • Opening times

      19/06/2018 - 25/11/2018: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

    It has taken this outstanding graphic novel artist just less than two decades to rise to prominence on the Franco-Belgian comic strip art scene. Her powerfully inspired and profoundly humanist work has highlighted the lives of remarkable women, ranging from ‘Kiki de Montparnasse’ to Benoîte Groult. Strasbourg-born Catel initially illustrated numerous comic novels and comic books for children before she ventured into drawing biographies in the form of graphic novels. Her encounter with scriptwriter-author José-Louis Bocquet set her on a completely different course. They both started their collaboration by producing a comic strip book covering the life story of Edith Piaf, closely followed by the graphic novels ‘Kiki de Montparnasse’, ‘Olympe de Gouges’ and ‘Joséphine Baker’. On her own initiative, she set out to interview Benoîte Groult – the feminist French author of ‘Ainsi soit-elle’ [So Be She]. In collaboration with the graphic designer Claire Bouilhac, she later portrayed the largely unknown life experiences of the French art historian Rose Valland, followed by those of the French actress Mylène Demongeot in ‘Adieu Karpov’. Catel has taken European 21st century comic strip art to the heights of graphic literature. The Belgian Comics Art Museum is extremely proud to exhibit her works. “So Be Catel”!

  • 2018
    Sep
    25
    2019
    Mar
    10
    Magasin général
    Magasin général
    • Opening times

      25/09/2018 - 10/03/2019: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

    The Magasin général series is written and illustrated by Régis Loisel and Jean-Louis Tripp. The pair worked together on the series from 2006 to 2014 in a partnership which brought them friendship and new experiences. Pooling their complementary talents, they composed a particularly perceptive and poignant symphony of village life in nine movements (or tomes). The Magasin Général is the only store in Notre Dame des Lacs. All life in this small rural village centres around the store and its owner, Marie, who is bombarded by a steady stream of characters, anecdotes and sounds which paint a wonderful picture of rural Quebec in the late 1920s. The very many day-to-day happenings in the community are described with humour, compassion and a Quebec French befitting the scene. This profoundly human series has become a must for all comic strip fans and the Belgian Comics Art Museum is delighted to offer its visitors an insight into its unique world and the different stages of its creation. Curator: Mélanie Andrieu With the support of the Bruxelles-Capitale region

  • 2018
    Dec
    11
    2019
    May
    26
    Urbanus
    Urbanus
    • Opening times

      11/12/2018 - 26/05/2019: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

    In the early 1980s, the then little-known Belgian illustrator, Willy Linthout (1953), came up with the idea of creating a comic strip about the Belgian comic Urbanus (1949), who was already famous at the time. And so, in 1983, he published “Het fritkotmysterie” (the mystery of the chip van), the first album in a series of more than 170. The Urbanus series is decidedly underground, verging on the vulgar. It is like no other family comic strip and yet it met with an immediate commercial success. For 35 years the series has been describing incredulous scenes, featuring the most absurd and incompetent characters. Visit Urbanus’ surreal, corrupt world at the Belgian Comics Art Museum and we defy you not bust out laughing! Curator: Kurt Morissens With the support of the Bruxelles-Capitale region