photo: Richard Harris
Photo: The garden of the Autrique House, Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek, Brussels
To close Brussels 2009 BD Comic Strip, the Autrique House is holding an exhibition "Births of the Comic Strip - From William Hogarth to Windsor McCay" until April 25th 2010.
The show explores the various beginnings of the Ninth Art, as comic strip art is called here. The show is fascinating and the fact that it's being held at Autrique House delivers two extra treats for the visitor. One, one gets to explore at one's leisure a very early Victor Horta Art Nouveau house, and two, one gets to experience first hand, the wonder of the interior private gardens of Brussels. Standing outside the house on dusty, busy, dirty Haecht Highway, one has not an inkling that the centers of all the blocks are wonderful green zones.