Europeans look at Europeans
From: Friday, June 29 2007, 5:00 am
to: Sunday, October 21 2007, 1:00 pm
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the Belgian Centre for Comic Strip Art explores the world of European comic strips and the politically incorrect way in which the member nations depict one another.
How do Polish, Greek or Italian artists see their French, English or German neighbours? With a beret and a baguette firmly stuck under their arm, with a bowler hat and an umbrella, or with a big bosom, long blonde braids and a pint of beer?
Beyond the good-humoured clichés, the exhibition is a panorama of European comic-strip creation. All 27 countries are respresented and make for interesting discoveries. On the whole, the works seem to be telling us that what Europeans do have in common are the prejudices that we harbour against one another. And here is the perfect opportunity to laugh about it.