Somerset House will be presenting TINTIN: Hergé’s Masterpiece from November 2015. This exhibition will allow you to step into the wonderful world of artist-author Hergé and Tintin, his adventurous young reporter. It will explore the evolution of the artwork of Hergé, from the simplicity of early newspaper strips to the genre-defining graphic work of the later books. Drawing on the archives of the Hergé Museum in Belgium, TINTIN: Hergé’s Masterpiece will feature pencil sketches, character drawings, and watercolours alongside original artwork from the finished stories.
As well as being a step into the world of Tintin, the exhibiton will also reveal more about the man behind the masterpiece. Hergé had a fascination with architecture and design, along with his skill as an illustrator and a draughtsman’s eye for design, the settings in which the stories were played out were always rendered in meticulous detail. Models and installations of memorable locations, such as Tintin’s apartment, will be displayed and the exhibition will be themed with reference to one of Hergé’s favourite backdrops – Marlinspike Hall, Captain Haddock’s country house once owned by his maritime ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock.
Since he first appeared in Hergé’s weekly cartoon strip in Le Petit Vingtième in Brussels in 1929, Tintin has become one of the most iconic comic-strip heroes along with a supporting cast of his trusty dog Snowy, Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus, and Thomson and Thompson. With more than 200 million copies of the famous 24 ‘albums’ sold worldwide which also recently inspired a Hollywood blockbuster, Hergé’s timeless character continues to attract new generations of fans to his stories for their unique mixture of artistry, history and adventure.