A TinTin exhibit in honor of Hergé’s 100th, is burning up Paris.
Hergé – his nickname comes from the French pronunciation of his initials in reverse – would have been 100 this year (he died in 1983), and the Pompidou has used the centenary as an opportunity to examine his life and work in a free display. The show is proving immensely popular, so, if you’re planning to drop by during a Parisian break, make sure you allow enough time to queue.
The wait is worth it: once inside, the display is a delight. Stencilled on to the floor and pillars of the Pompidou’s cavernous interior are the coloured stars that twirl above characters in the comic strip who’ve been thumped over the head, as well as snippets of Captain Haddock’s sozzled insults, tagged on the museum’s surfaces like the graffiti of a raging old soak: “Flibustier! Végétarien! Pacte-à-quatre!”; “Arlequin! Hydrocarbure! Zoulou!”