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Tintin and Snowy

Nat Neujean exhibition at Herge Museum
27 Jun 2014

He's one of the world's most famous comic book characters, and fans of Tintin may well want to try exploring the Musee Herge (Herge Museum) in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, which is dedicated to the boy hero and his creator - real name Georges Remi.

At the moment, and until September 26th this year, the venue is presenting a special exhibition called 'When Herge Met Nat Neujean'.  

Neujean is a Belgian sculptor, and the show includes delights such as a 1953 statue of Tintin measuring 18cm, a 1958 bust of Herge, models for a monument depicting Tintin and his dog-pal Snowy, which was designed to mark 30 years of Tintin magazine, and a version of the monument cast in bronze and close to two metres in height.

Organisers promise that this is the first time that the full extent of the work the sculptor did relating to Herge is being displayed all in the same place.

There are plaster statues on show here that haven't ever been put on display for the public before.

Other exhibits include photos and an 8mm film showing Neujean at work in the studio while Herge was there.

Not all the pieces on show relate to Herge, as there are sculptures of the likes of Henry Moore, nudes and other subjects on show, too.

The museum is closed on Mondays, and normally opens between 10:30am and 5:30pm, with slightly extended opening hours at the weekend.

The Tintin stories, with their well-loved characters like Captain Haddock and the Thompson Twins, are still much-read the world over and include titles such as the sci-fi tinged Explorers on the Moon and the nautical-themed The Secret of the Unicorn.

In 2011 a film version of Tintin was released, directed by Steven Spielberg. ADNFCR-408-ID-801731672-ADNFCR

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