prior to visiting the tintin museum we also stopped by the comicstrip museum in brussels. it has a section devoted to tintin but also touches on many other belgian based characters, the smurfs taking another section for themselves.
it was a beautiful space, located inside one of the buildings that victor horta, one of the key architects during the art nouveau era, built. lots of natural light is allowed to enter the building through the windows on the towering ceiling and the fixtures are all so delicately crafted. while the museum wasn’t much bigger than a name brand fashion store like h&m, it flowed very nicely and was split over four floors with a wide open common space.
i have to hand it to the belgians; their humour is dark, funny and not necessarily all pg friendly though its bordering on that line since its still reasonable cute… and i’m referring to those comics created in the 60s!
the tintin space was about 1/6th of the museum’s exhibition space and they packed it in real well. having read his comics repeatedly as a kid, i was loving this.
while i wasn’t much of a smurfs follower, i couldn’t help but feel a bit nostalgic when reading about their adventures avoiding people and animals who wanted to eat them. now that i think about it, that’s pretty dark for children’s programming isn’t it?!
definitely a nice place to walk through if you’re remotely interested in comics. if you’re a fan of architecture, this is definitely one building to pass through in addition to the victor horta museum which we unfortunately missed.
as for comic strips, the exhibits don’t stop once you leave the museum. all around town you can find large comic strip murals taking up the sides of buildings; a nice touch from regular street art and graffiti as it gives the neighbourhoods a lively coat of paint.