Comics Art Museum

Rue des Sables 20 Zandstraat - 1000 Brussels

Comics Art Museum

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General

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 (Rogier) •
    Paying Public Car Parkings.
Events

Events

  • 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
    Mar
    18
    2018
    Dec
    09
    Horta Inside Out : Art Nouveau tours
    Horta Inside Out : Art Nouveau tours
    • Price

      Normal: 12,50 € - Enfants: 7,50 € - Jeunes: 11,00 € - Senior: 12,50 €

    As a part of the Horta Inside Out year the Comics Art Museum organizes themed Art Nouveau tours. Discover the exceptional history of the building that houses the museum, the former Waucquez Warehouse, a design by Victor Horta from 1906. Only in French and Dutch. Upon reservation only, reserve your tickets by e-mail visit@comicscenter.net

  • 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 - A Quebec symphony by Loisel and Tripp
    Magasin Général - A Quebec symphony by Loisel and Tripp
    • Opening times

      25/09/2018 - 10/03/2019: * 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 €

    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 Brussels-Capital Region

  • 2018
    Dec
    11
    2019
    May
    26
    Urbanus - The underground family comic strip
    Urbanus - The underground family comic strip
    • Opening times

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

    • Price

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

    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

  • 2019
    Mar
    26
    2019
    Sep
    15
    Rasmus Klump builds a boat - The wonderful world of childhood
    Rasmus Klump builds a boat - The wonderful world of childhood
    • Opening times

      26/03/2019 - 15/09/2019: * 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 €

    Thanks to the brilliantly-talented Danish couple Vilhelm and Carla Hansen, the adventures of little bear Rasmus Klump and his debonair group of friends have infiltrated the childhood of several generations of readers since 1952. Now relaunched from Denmark, they are ready to reconquer the world, a world very much in need of their kindness and indefatigable resilience. Seafaring adventurers Rasmus Klump and friends set sail on a boat they built themselves from bric-a-brac in the first episode of the series. Everything seems to be so easy for these happy companions. At every port of call they are welcomed with open arms by a population of smiling, friendly animals. It was only very recently that the original drawings by Vilhelm Hansen and the illustrators who succeeded him were found. The Belgian Comic Strip Museum is delighted to be able to exhibit a broad selection of these for big kids, while the smaller ones will be able to discover the new Rasmus Klump animations in the big boat with the Admiral at the helm. Exhibition curator: JC De la Royère In collaboration with Egmont publishers and supported by the Brussels-Capital Region and the Danish Institute in Brussels.

  • 2019
    Jun
    11
    2019
    Nov
    24
    Signed Griffo - Illustrating for the scripwriters
    Signed Griffo - Illustrating for the scripwriters
    • Opening times

      11/06/2019 - 24/11/2019: * 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 €

    With SOS Bonheur [SOS happiness] and Monsieur Noir [Mr Black], the author of the Giacomo C series illustrated some of the most important comic strip milestones of the last 30 years. A graduate of Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Griffo briefly took on the characters of the Modeste et Pompon series for Tintin magazine before branching out into the wider world. Returning to Belgium in the early 1980s, he stopped producing his excellent advertising sketches to try his hand at realistic comic strips, immediately imposing his own unique style inspired by the great French illustrators such as Moebius, Tardi and Bilal. From his very first attempt, the skill of his sketches won the hearts of scriptwriters such as Dufaux, Van Hamme and Cothias, who all snapped up the work of the illustrator of the "Giacomo C." series, which he had just relaunched much to the great delight of his fans. Exhibition curator: JC De la Royère. With the support of the Brussels-Capital Region.

  • 2019
    Oct
    01
    2020
    Mar
    08
    Emmanuel Lepage the explorer
    Emmanuel Lepage the explorer
    • Opening times

      01/10/2019 - 08/03/2020: * 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 €

    Forget the image of a writer working alone in his studio. Emmanuel Lepage, of Breton origin, loves to travel, meet people, make discoveries and share his experiences. Incorporating his love of adventure and curiosity for the world and its people, his work is marked by great elegance and sensitivity and celebrates emotion, intensity and humanity. Inspired by his many travels, the author alternates fiction and reality in stories he writes alone or in collaboration with other scriptwriters. The Land of No Pain and Muchacho combine history and adventure in South America. From 2010, following a trip to Antarctica, Lepage moved into illustrated reporting, as can be seen in Voyages aux îles de la Désolation [journeys to the islands of desolation], Un printemps à Tchernobyl [a spring in Chernobyl] and La lune est blanche [the moon is white]. His magnificent colours and his stories take us into a fascinating world and encourage us to change our perspective. The Belgian Comic Strip Center is delighted to be exhibiting the work of this talented artist, a key figure of modern-day comic strips. Exhibition curator : Mélanie Andrieu With the support of the Brussels-Capital Region.

  • 2019
    Dec
    10
    2020
    May
    31
    Pico Bogue and his family
    Pico Bogue and his family
    • Opening times

      10/12/2019 - 31/05/2020: * 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 €

    In this original series Belgian author Alexis Dormal illustrates the scripts of his mother, Dominique Roques. Their work finds inspiration in their everyday life and comic strip characters such as Calvin & Hobbes or Mafalda. Working closely together, the mother and son team creates a gentle, vivid and mischievous world, illustrated in watercolours for added spontaneity and flow. Pico Bogue is a naughty little boy who is growing up in his family with his little sister Ana Ana. His sometimes-scathing repartee often echoes the challenges and contradictions of the world today. Depicted in his day-to-day life, with his family, at school or on holiday, Pico has a curious mind and often questions his nearest and dearest. By talking about love, friendship, art and the meaning of life, the series touches on universal themes which speak to each and every one of us and are close to our heart. The Belgian Comics Art Museum is delighted to invite young and old to discover this endearing world which is packed with humour and good humour! Exhibition curator: Mélanie Andrieu ith the support of the Brussels-Capital Region.