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Tintin and his passion for cars reopens the Hergé Museum after confinement

Brussels / Cars are one of the most characteristic elements of the adventures of Tintin: some machines “dynamic and central in the development of adventures” and that, due to their relevance, now star in the first exhibition of the Hergé Museum in Leuven-la-Nouvelle (Belgium ) after its closure due to confinement.

Under the title ‘By car with Tintin’, the exhibition brings together 18 recreations of the vehicles – sports, off-road and even utility vehicles – that have appeared in the comics created by the Belgian artist Georges Remi (known by the pseudonym Hergé) between 1929 and 1976.

“In every Tintin comic there are many cars, and it is not anecdotal. They are sometimes beneficial or dangerous elements during the action, depending on the scene, but the truth is that they are omnipresent, ”Dominique Maricq, one of the authors with the most experience in the Tintin universe, explained to EFE.

In this way, the exhibition can see classic models such as the Opel Olympia, the Lancia Aprilia or the Porsche 356.

The review of the evolution of motorsports, according to Maricq, stems from the author’s passion for this world and serves to tell the story of the 20th century through its objects, “and precisely the car is a very important object in cultural life and economic ”in the Europe of the last century.

Hergé and the cars

Hergé’s own relationship with automobiles was intense: after his stories became famous during the 1940s, the author was able to purchase various models for his personal collection.

“He liked speed very much, but in 1952 he had a serious accident, which seriously injured his first wife in the leg. From there he decided to hire a driver, who would drive for him for years to come, “adds Maricq.

Over the years, and through the stories of Tintin, you can also see an evolution in the artist’s own taste, which derived from the modern Italian designs of Lancia and Alfa Romeo to the most elegant lines of the Mercedes.

For the author, the Opel Olympia, his first car, which would also be represented in the comic ‘Ottokar’s Scepter’, has special sentimental value: “It was a fairly fast car, very much to Hergé’s taste,” Maricq points out.

In order to adapt to the new sanitary regulations, the entrance to the museum is subject to the prior purchase of tickets via the internet and some areas such as the restaurant have been adapted to guarantee the disinfection of common areas and the maintenance of the safety distance. (June 15, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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de una exposición sobre Tintín y los coches que aparecen en sus aventuras.
de la adaptación del Museo Hergé a las nuevas normativas sanitarias.
del pseudónimo que utiliza el creador de Tintín.
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no es necesario comprar la entrada por Internet.
ya se podía ver esta muestra antes del confinamiento.
se han recreado los vehículos que aparecen en las aventuras de Tintín.
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no le gustaban mucho los coches.
le gustaban mucho los coches.
le gustaba conducir despacio.
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todos los autos que aparecen en las aventuras de Tintín se fabricaron en Italia.
el coche no fue muy importante en la Europa del siglo pasado.
los coches están muy presentes en las aventuras de Tintín.
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Tintín es quien conduce todos los vehículos.
al menos hay una decena de vehículos diferentes.
todos los vehículos son de color rojo, azul y amarillo.
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