Spirou and Brussels under the Occupation

Immerse yourself in the world of Emile Bravo’s Spirou and the Second World War! A chance not only to discover the most stunning pictures by Emile Bravo, taken from the “L’Espoir malgré tout” albums, but also to learn more about Spirou Magazine, which was suspended in the resistance during the Second World War.

This exhibition draws a parallel between the series “L’Espoir malgré tout” and the historical documents testifying the acts of resistance carried out by Spirou magazine and its editor Jean Doisy.

In the first pages of L’Espoir malgré tout, Spirou saw the situation in Belgium and Brussels in May 1940. In 18 days, the Belgian army was pushed by German troops who soon crossed the country to invade France. Spirou and Fantasio were first, like all Belgians, on the roads of exodus, fleeing the arrival of the enemy, blocked for a while by the French border in a general panic. The armistice was signed by King Leopold III. Belgians are called upon to return home. The occupation begins. What to do about it? Collaborate? Wait for better days? Resist? But you still have to have the means to do so. How do you do it when you’re 16 and full of energy and ideals?

The reader follows our hero step by step through the brutal reality of the war, between fascist opportunists and a largely resigned population that is witnessing the rise of repression, the raids against Jews, the abuses of the occupier… Emile Bravo describes the daily life of a humiliated, wounded, disoriented Brussels…

This exhibition brings together not only some of Emile Bravo’s most beautiful plates featuring Brussels, but also rare documents -publications and posters- that tell this story.

A co-production the Comic Strip Festival (, Brussels Parliament, Dupuis and

Spirou and Brussels under the Occupation