Boom… when your heart goes boom…
As if lured by the sound of the mermaids, visitors to the Hergé Museum enter the room on the third floor. Charmed by this melody which invites us to explore the work of this great draftsman. Taken from the song of the French singer Charles Trenet, this 1938 composition will be the source of inspiration for a mythical gag the following year. Hergé placed the Thompsons in the first pages of Land of Black Gold, listening to the car radio Boom! ….One day your car goes Boom!
In 2012, during the film “Skyfall" Boom returns in this new adventure of James Bond. A reference the Anglophile in Hergé would certainly have approved of.
Throughout our visit “Boom" ... this onomatopoeia echoes in our head. It inevitably resurrects the memory of some lost frames among the countless drawings made by Hergé. Like a shock for some, or a true ode to love for others, here is in any case a reminder that leaves no one indifferent.
A modernised adventure
When your heart says boom ..., a great classic of the French song subtly used by Hergé in a story about oil...
Land of Black Gold appeared for the first time in the pages of Le Petit Vingtième in 1939. The adventure set in an oil-rich country was interrupted several times, first of all by the Second World War that forced Hergé to stop the story abruptly at the point when his hero finds himself in a very bad position, in the middle of the desert. The story was then continued a few years later in the pages of the new children’s magazine Tintin. Captain Haddock made a somewhat strange appearance in the new version – Hergé was making up for the fact that the character is not present in the initial story.
In 2018, readers can choose the version they prefer: either the one taking place in Palestine under British mandate and published in 1950, or the one that was reworked in 1971, set in the imaginary Arab country Khemed .
But, I know this music!
Room 2 of the Hergé Museum, Multiple Creations, presents work brimming with expressiveness. It is a reflection of an era, as are the musical tunes that we hear in these places. Dynamic, full of humour, it is a real contrast to the news of the thirties, a news that announced slowly, but surely a real drama on a global scale. But these artists kept hope, against all odds. You will probably recognise some of them: "Mireille, Henry Garat, Joséphine Baker, George Milton, or Charlie Chaplin ...".
A wall of music
A floor below, between the rooms The Laboratory and Dreams of Travel, under a splendid chandelier grouping 228 characters of the large family of Tintin, the visitor is offered the opportunity to relax for a moment and listen to another form of music. Music that was appreciated by Hergé during the seventies and the beginning of the eighties "Beatles, Pink Floyd, Gloria Gaynor, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Keith Jarrett, ...". There are plenty of Tintin's favourites in this golden age of pop, rock, blues and modern jazz.
But that's not all, eager to show the public the taste of the artist in terms of reading, the directors of the scenography of the Museum. Along with the collaboration of Fanny, his second wife, have installed a library containing a collection of his favourite books. Comics, contemporary history, news, music, literature, a great universe to (re) discover at the Hergé Museum!