MUDAC - musée de design et d'arts appliqués contemporains

Past exhibition

The Crab with the Golden Claws by Hergé

Le monde d’Hergé


For the second time, mudac partners with the BDFIL festival and welcomes Hergé as its guest of honour. For this exhibition, mudac worked in collaboration with the Hergé Museum in Louvain-la-Neuve, creator of the project. Featuring original drawings, archives, photographs and unpublished work, the exhibition revisits the world of the master of line drawing and reveals it in all its depth.

Beginning his career as a draughtsman in the mid-1920s, Hergé, whose real name was Georges Remi, shared his time between Boy-scout magazine, where he published cartoons, and Vingtième-siècle, an ultra-Catholic newspaper, for which he created different characters, the main one being the resourceful scoutmaster Totor. In 1929, in the new review Petit Vingtième, where he was now an illustrator and photo-journalist, Hergé transformed Totor into a reporter, to whom he gave the soon to be famous name of Tintin and added a fox terrier as his companion, the fearless Milou. After his first adventure in the land of the Soviets, the hero with the blonde quiff was to appear in 22 legendary books, which take the reader around the world and even to the moon, without forgetting a visit to Switzerland!

The exhibition, the first of its kind to be dedicated to Hergé in Switzerland and aimed at a public ranging “from 7 to 77 years of age”, will also present lesser-known facets of this all-round genius who was an illustrator, cartoonist, poster designer as well as a graphic designer. Original drawings and artefacts will show, if it’s still necessary, that Hergé’s work is worthy of being shown in a museum as a pioneer of comics worldwide but also as a witness to the history of the 20th century.

With the support of Retraites Populaires and Banque Cantonale Vaudoise