The Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid will host the largest monographic exhibition on the figure of Hergé, the creator of Tintin.

On 5 October, the largest monographic exhibition to date on Hergé and Tintin, his most universal character, will arrive at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid.

In 2016 the Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais in partnership with the Musée Hergé, presented at the Grand Palais in Paris a huge retrospective on Hergé, confirming his status as one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, as Hopper, Magritte, Niki de Saint Phalle, Warhol or Miró….. After visiting  Quebec, Denmark, Seoul, Shanghaï and Lisboa the Hergé exhibition is coming to Madrid.

Hergé The Exhibition brings together a wide selection of priceless documents, original drawings and various works created by the author of Tintin. Through a unique journey, the public will have the opportunity to decipher the art of a brilliant creator, capable of using all the media at his disposal to create compositions that range from illustration to comic strips, advertising, newspapers, fashion design and the plastic arts.

For the first time in Spain, part of Herge’s Private Collection of Contemporary Art will be shown. In addition, the Public will be able to see Hergé’s own Paintings inspired by Modigliani, Klee, Miro and many other great Artists.

The exhibition also features many other treasures from the Hergé Museum’s collections, with the presentation of Hergé’s original drawings, sketches, film clips, models and original artwork.

Hergé. The Exhibition portrays the adventure of a life that began with the publication of The Adventures of Tintin in 1929 and is an opportunity for visitors to discover some of the treasures from this adventure: original plates, paintings, photographs and archival documents.

The exhibition takes us back to the beginnings of Georges Remi, the boy from Brussels who, before becoming Hergé, fed his imagination in the cinema, creating his first black and white works based on the aesthetics of the big screen. And then, inspired by the different aesthetic trends that appeared throughout the 20th century, from pop art to abstraction and minimalism.

Despite Hergé’s disappearance, the fascination for his work remains as strong as ever. Recognised as the creator of one of the world’s greatest cartoon achievements, Hergé’s work has become timeless and has never ceased to arouse the interest of an increasingly universal audience.

Curated by the Hergé Museum in Brussels, Hergé. The Exhibition is presented in Spain by Sold Out in collaboration with Círculo de Bellas Artes.


The 9th Art, as it is known today, would not be the same without the creative genius of Hergé. He is not only the master of the Ligne Claire, and the father of Tintin and Snowy, but also a multiple talented artist: graphic designer, publicist, screenwriter, painter…

It all began in 1929, with the publication of Tintin’s first adventures in Le Petit Vingtième, and continued to develop over the years and encounters, with his introduction of Tchang Tchong-jen in 1934 being particularly decisive. While Hergé was working on a story about Tintin in the Far East, this young Chinese student helped him learn about his culture and worked closely with him on The Blue Lotus, Hergé’s first acknowledged masterpiece after four stories where you can see him gradually progress towards mastering his art. Without realizing it, Hergé was beginning a fabulous writing career, as an accomplished artist and storyteller.

Using clean lines with impressive precision, he traces the contours of our existence and brings to life emblematic characters who represent the great values of society. These characters are confronted with all sorts of incredible situations that often have parallels with the history of the 20th century.

Recognised as one of the great artists of the 20th century, Hergé is a universal creator whose works are still relevant today. With more than 250 million copies sold worldwide, his work has been translated into a hundred languages.

Visitors to Hergé. The Exhibition will be able to explore the process of creating these albums, in his studio, with its markedly cinematographic influences, its dialogue with contemporary art, its creative steps, from the modelling of objects or buildings to the colouring, and the different media he experimented with, such as painting, graphic advertising or drawing.



Place of the exhibition

Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid. Calle de Alcalá, 42, 28014 Madrid.

From October 5, 2022 to February 19, 2023.

From Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday closed except holidays | Last pass 1 hour before closing.