New exhibition at the Marc Sleen Museum
19/03/2013 > 16/06/2013
It is a well-known fact that Marc Sleen loves going on safari but in his work as a comic strip artist he has not restricted his travels to the African continent. His most famous character, Nero, has travelled to the four corners of the world and has often ended up in the Far West. Marc Sleen even despatched his hero to the Wild West as far back as in 1949. In order to inherit the impressive sum of 80 million, Nero had to complete five tasks in Nero’s Inheritance [De Erfenis van Nero], which included seizing a feather from the headdress of the last chief of the Sioux. And even after that event, Nero regularly set out to seek adventure in the Far West.
At the Marc Sleen Museum
22/12/2012 > 03/03/2013
Various performers, comic strip artists and other artists are paying homage to the Knight of the Ninth Art. This exhibition includes the original drawings and oeuvre of the various artists, and the design of the museum is based around the theme of the Liber Amicorum. Its aim is to celebrate the special occasion of Sir Marc Sleen’s 90th birthday.
Waffles, Chips and Nero Beer
19/06/2012 > 30/09/2012
Nero stories always finished with a magnificently indulgent banquet. However, all this was changed with the publication of De Kille Man Djaro in 1962, when the customary banquet was turned into a feast of waffles. Famous and not-so-famous personalities queue at Nero’s good friend Jan Spier’s [John Muscle] chip stand for a yummy portion of chips. However, Nero would not be a true Belgian if he did not regularly indulge in wonderfully tasty Belgian beers and champagne. In Het Bierkanaal (1983), the comic strip hero Nero even launches Nero beer, an example which the Marc Sleen foundation have duly followed last year.
Exhibition at the Marc Sleen Museum
05/10/2011 > 04/03/2012
In 1947, Marc Sleen and his wife moved from Ghent to Brussels. They finally settled in the village of Hoeilaart in the suburbs of Brussels, which is also famous for greenhouse-grown grapes. Given the fact that Marc Sleen spent so much of his time in the Belgian capital, it is no wonder that Brussels features so prominently as the background for the adventures of his comic strip heroes. Two Nero stories are even set entirely in Brussels: De zwarte toren (The Black Tower) (1983) and De verdorven stad (Sin City) (1984).
Nero, Yuri Gagarin, and other astronauts
05/04/2011 > 25/09/2011
On 12 April 2011, it was fifty years ago since Russian-born Yuri Gagarin was launched into space in Vostok 1. Even though this Russian’s adventure put a human being into space for the very first time, his space travel was preceded by various comic strip heroes. Not least Nero, who as early as in 1951, already set foot onto the planet of Pompelanium in the comic strip album De zwarte voeten (The Black Feet).
Friday 7th of February
Following his visit to the community of Hoeilaart the American ambassador Howard Gutman has met Sir Marc Sleen in the Nero pub. The meeting was extremely cordial and Sir Marc Sleen had ample possibility to present his interesting career. He offered the ambassador one of the first signed copies of The Ghost of Sand Street, the first English Nero album that is released this month, as a gift. (Picture: U.S. Ambassador Gutman)
New English translation of symbolic Marc Sleen album
The Marc Sleen Foundation is proud to present the first copies of a new English translation of "The Ghost of Sand Street". It is available at Slumberland Bookstore just opposite of the Marc Sleen Museum. In this visionary album Nero gets to know a ghost who haunts a deserted, spooky building, that was to become the future Marc Sleen Museum... A must-read for all fans!
From 3 February until 31 May 2010
03/02/2010 > 31/05/2010
Marc Sleen’s interest in the animal kingdom was, as it were, ingested with his mother's milk.
In order to complete a travel program, the Taiwanese television produced a reportage over the Comic Strip culture in Belgium. The team was really pleased of its venue, as it had the chance to interview Marc Sleen, who was, per coincidence, visiting its own museum! De reportage will be shown during the fall on the Taiwanese television, and will probably be broadcast in other Asiatic countries.
Alongside its scientific activities, in the unique setting of what used to be a newspaper office, the Marc Sleen Foundation also proposes a standing exhibit, a reading room and series of temporary exhibits to discover the many facets of this exceptional work by a superb storyteller, a master comic strip artist and a brilliant cartoonist: Marc Sleen.
Wandel met Marc Sleen
en Nero door Brussel
19/03/2013 > 16/06/2013
It is a well-known fact that Marc Sleen loves going on safari but in his work as a comic strip artist he has not restricted his travels to the African continent.
22/12/2012 > 03/03/2013
Various performers, comic strip artists and other artists are paying homage to the Knight of the Ninth Art.
Stichting Marc Sleen
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