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Belgium’s Comic Arts Museum, Brussels | Introducing Tin Tin to the next generation

Belgium’s Comic Arts Museum, Brussels | Introducing Tin Tin to the next generationScore 0%Score 0%

If we’re honest, we hadn’t planned on retracing our steps back.. but this was too good an opportunity to miss… we’d been really keen to visit the fantastic Belgium Comic Arts Museum since we planned the journey some months back… figuring the girls would love the chance to read comics (in their amazing library!) and see a Smurf house in person… but it really has so much more!

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With Brussels understandably struggling to deal with the recent events, we wanted to support this wonderful city… it really is a vibrant, eclectic yet utterly modern city… Yes although it has beautiful architectural triumphs to match Bruges, it really has another side… one entwined with the concept of art nouveau and the other focused on cartoons… and where better to see this than the comic museum…

 

We were very luck to spend some time with Willem ( a director of the museum) who explained in intricate yet humorous detail the nature of the exhibitions and how the museum had been intended to look when it was created in 1989… Opened by royalty no less (well i suppose they probably like comics too!)

At first glance, it is clearly an amazing building (built by Victor Horta) with a wonderful glass roof that allows light to flood through the building (essential when buying fabric from one of the Flemish merchants years ago in it’s use as a fabric trading venue!)

The exhibits are brilliantly arranged and allowed the children a key ingredient for a decent visit – space! The girls could roam freely across the entire museum between the exhibits aimed at creating niches of opportunities for new budding artists, to the wonderfully atmospheric library where you could easily while away a few hours! The sheer range of cartoons was extraordinary!

But perhaps not unexpectedly… with over 700 cartoonists currently working in the city trying to promote cartoons as a cultural medium… added to the fact that the cities only 2hrs from both Paris and London and well situated for a creative meeting of minds… Belgium probably takes the lead over almost all countries other than perhaps Japan and America… architects of your imagination!!

 

Why were cartoons used as a cultural medium?

Well it appears to have taken its roots from the fact that the country is so multi-cultural in languages… 60% speak Dutch, 39% French and less than 1% German… hence the visual imagery was far easier to convey messages! This was matched by the cosmopolitan mix of Irish, Italian immigrants that flooded into New York in the early 1900’s. The frontage of newspapers was far easier to sell when accompanied by visual images.. hence cartoons were born!

 

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Ever wanted to pack your bags, just jump in a motorhome and go off and explore Europe as a family? Well, that’s exactly what my family has done since September 2015. Visiting 35 European countries, travelling over 54,000 miles and grabbing over 450 family experiences on the way… enjoying Bobsleigh in Norway, Climbing into Mt Etna in Sicily or Kayaking the River Dordogne.

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