Works by Hergé on display from October at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Lisbon.
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Lisbon, will host, from October 1st, an exhibition dedicated to the creator of Tintin, entitled “Hergé”.
Born in Etterbeek, Belgium, where he was born on May 22, 1907, Georges Prosper Remi was best known by the pseudonym Hergé, built with the inversion of his name’s initials, an R and a G. of January 10, 1929, signed one of the most famous comic book series ever: “The Adventures of Tintin”. Starring a reporter who was seen writing for newspapers, until March 3, 1983, the author’s death date, they accounted for 23 albums, plus one incomplete. Thanks to the narrative talent of Hergé, a true comic book novelist, to the extreme legibility of his style, called “clear line”, to the values of friendship and mutual help that he always defended, to the adventure in pure state that predominates in the albums, to magnificent gallery of characters and the diversity of stories, which made Tintin travel almost all over the planet and even reach the moon, more than two decades before Neil Armstrong, Tintin’s albums made successive generations dream all over the world.
From October 1st, in collaboration with the Hergé Museum, in Louvain-la-Neuve, in France, it will be possible to visit in Lisbon, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, an exhibition that reveals the various facets of the author, from illustration to band design , through advertising, the press, fashion design and the plastic arts.
It will be the first time that Hergé’s assisted originals will be seen in our country, as well as some of his paintings and various documents from the archive that he used as the basis for the creation of the books.
The exhibition is divided into nine sections: “Greatness of minor art”, “Hergé, the art lover”, “The image novelist”, “Success and the storm”, “A family of paper”, “Hergé and the magazine ‘Coeurs Vaillants'”,”The art of the sign”,”The lesson of the Orient”and”The birth of a myth”.
Through them, the visitor will be guided not only by the work of the master of comics, but also by his external influences, from painting to modern art, through an important meeting with Tchang Tchong-Jen who changed his way of looking at production. In them, it will also be possible to revisit a part of the History of the 20th century, through the adventures of Tintin, from his birth in “Le Petir Vingtième” to the troubled period of the occupation of France by the Nazis, the passage from black albums to color or of the creation of the magazine with his name.
Hergé’s look at the way his comics were reproduced in other countries – and Portugal was the first to publish Tintin a nuclei, in “Papagaio” -, the paper family he created and his less compatible facets of publicist and fashion designer who will also be appreciated in this exhibition that will hold the patent until January 10, 2022.
On October 1st, at the inauguration, the conference “The future of Tintin” will take place, with the presence of Nick Rodwell, husband of the designer’s widow, director of Studios Hergé and responsible for managing his legacy, who may clarify the that is intended to preserve and keep him alive, knowing that Hergé refused that his heroes were taken back by others after his death.