Exhibitions

This year, the Comic Strip Festival welcomes you to various exhibitions scattered around the capital. First of all, you can discover the world of comics from the Republic of Korea, this year's guest of honour. Get acquainted with the past and the future thanks to Belgian-Korean comics. Or travel back in time to 19th century Europe, where Jules Verne's work plays a prominent role in the exhibition dedicated to the comic strip “The Castle in the Stars”. There’s also an exhibition about the work of Bruges author Olivier Schrauwen, and Lucky Luke, that “poor lonesome cowboy”, is ready, willing and able to guide you through the Wild West. Also set in the USA is “Tanz”, more specifically in 1960s New York.

Manhwa & webtoon

Manhwa & webtoon. The rise of Korean comics

09/07 - 09/01

Belgian Comic Strip Center – 20 rue des Sables – 1000 Brussels

From manhwa to webtoon, discover the history of Korean comics in all their diversity through portraits of authors and major works.

The Belgian Comic Strip Center takes you on a journey of discovery through Korean comics with an exhibition tracing more than 100 years of history of this literary genre in South Korea. Explore the diversity, richness, creativity and constant evolution of this genre, always seeking to be in keeping with the times and adapt to the current evolutions. In print or digital format, it aims to always meet the demands of its readers. Through this exhibition, you will get to know manhwa, learn what webtoon is and experience reading in a “manhwabang”.

Speak through comics

Speak through comics

09/09 - 24/10

BELvue Museum – Place des Palais, 7 – 1000 Brussels

The exhibition organised by the Korean Cultural Centre in Brussels, on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Belgium and the Republic of Korea, presents Belgian-Korean comics that reflect the changes in society.

The Belgian-Korean comic strip exhibition is an annual event created by the Korean Cultural Centre in Brussels. This year it will take place in collaboration with KOMACON (Korean Manhwa Content Agency), the Comic Strip Festival and the BELvue Museum. Discover the Belgian-Korean comics that reflect European social themes and values of the BELvue Museum, such as democracy, prosperity, solidarity, pluralism, migration and language.

Château des étoiles

Le Château des étoiles

10/09 - 29/09

Galerie Ravenstein – Rue Ravenstein – 1000 Brussels

Embark on a journey back in time to 19th-century Europe with its great discoveries, technical advances and the fascinating world of Jules Verne.

“Le Château des Étoiles” tells the story of young Séraphin and his father, Professor Archibald Dulac, and their search for ether, an invisible substance that made their mother and wife disappear.  Together with his friends, Séraphin tries to found the order of the Knights of the Ether, in order to travel to the Moon.  This comic book series is a tribute to the work of Jules Verne and plunges you into 19th-century Europe, with inventions, great discoveries, the conquest of space and more as a backdrop. Get ready to meet historical figures including the German Chancellor von Bismarck or King Ludwig II of Bavaria.  The exhibition presents the main themes of this series: the geopolitical context, discoveries in the field of astronomy and the technological progress that marked this century.

Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - free

Tanz !

Tanz!

10/09 - 10/10

Galerie Anspach – Boulevard Anspach, 24 – 1000 Brussels

Author Maurane Mazars won the Atomium Prize Raymond Leblanc of the Comic Strip Festival. This led to her comic “Tanz!” being published by Le Lombard in 2018. In 2021, it was even awarded the Prix Révélation (Debut Prize) at the Angoulême International Comics Festival.

Tanz! tells the story of Uli, a 19-year-old German dancer with a passion for musicals. However, post-war Germany offers few opportunities to satisfy his ambitions. Uli is then seduced by the American Dream and flies to New York, where he lives his dream and meets many people. The exhibition follows the chronology of the comic and literally plunges you into the neighbourhoods of New York in the 1960s. It also tackles themes such as post-war Germany, dance, the LGBTQI+ community, Broadway and more.

Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - free but booking is required

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Corto Maltese

Corto Maltese

10/09 - 10/10

Brussels Park – Rue Royale – Koningsstraat, 1000 Brussels

Hugo Pratt’s famous character Corto Maltese is an icon of the comic strip world, easily recognised due to his silhouette, face and striking look. Discover an exhibition of images dedicated to him in Brussels Park.

A keen explorer of foreign civilisations, Corto Maltese is a citizen of the world. A contentious man with a countercultural streak, he is libertarian and open-minded. He defends the oppressed to serve their cause or, alternatively, his own interests. In this exhibition, visitors can admire the large-format illustrations of this iconic comic strip creation and immerse themselves in its fascinating world.

Constantly accessible – free

Olivier Schrauwen presents O. SCHRAUWEN

10/09 - 29/09

Galerie Ravenstein – Rue Ravenstein – 1000 Brussels

Author of comics translated and sold all over the world, and featured in many festivals, Olivier Schrauwen sees his works exhibited for the first time in Brussels on the occasion of this new edition of the Comic Strip Festival.

Although he is now considered one of the key figures of the Flemish alternative scene, Olivier Schrauwen remains a relatively discreet author.  Through his comics, the comic artist from Bruges plunges you into universes as diverse and varied as science fiction, surrealism, pastiche and burlesque initiation stories.  This exhibition also gives you a preview of the original comic strips he drew for “Sunday”, his upcoming work.

Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - free

Lucky Luke

Lucky Luke

10/09 - 10/10

Galerie Anspach – Boulevard Anspach, 24 – 1000 Brussels

Who better than Lucky Luke, the famous character created by Morris, to guide you through the world of westerns? The lone cowboy will take you and your children on a journey through the Wild West, between legend and reality.

Lucky Luke, accompanied by his faithful horse Jolly Jumper and Rantanplan the dog, will guide you through the American Wild West and immerse you in the world of the famous comic.  You’ll find yourself on a typical street and in a saloon, where you’ll discover the secrets of the Wild West in an educational and playful way. An exhibition to enjoy with the whole family. Beware, the little ones will emerge like real cowboys!

Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - free but booking is required

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