Somerset House says it will channel some of Tintin creator Hergé’s adoration of architecture and design when it opens a major exhibition on the cartoon in November.
Curators believe the neoclassical qualities and nautical heritage of the house – which served as the home of the Navy Board and the office of Lord Nelson – will make it a “compelling” setting for TINTIN: Hergé’s Masterpiece, which will explore the evolving artwork of a strip launched as a weekly in Le Petit Vingtième, in Brussels, in 1929.
Models and installations of memorable locations, including Tintin’s
apartment, will be showcased, with a particular emphasis on Marlinspike
Hall – Captain Haddock’s country house, once owned by his maritime
ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock.
TINTIN: Hergé’s Masterpiece is at Somerset House from November 12 2015 – January 31 2016. Admission free.
The exhibition will drawing on the archives of the Hergé Museum in Belgium.
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