The photo exhibition, which was inaugurated on Tuesday, is organised in cooperation with the International Foundation for Fine and Decorative Arts (IFFDA) and Tintinimaginatio – the company that has been set up to preserve and promote the work of the creator of the character, according to a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquates.
“The Adventures of Tintin” is a series of 24 cartoon albums that was created in 1929 by Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, who wrote under the pen name Hergé.
The series remains one of the most popular comics in Egypt and the world in the 20th century.
The character Tintin, a young Belgian reporter who is always accompanied, was first introduced in Le Petit Vingtième, which was a weekly youth supplement to the Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle.
During a trip to Egypt, Tintin stumbles on a tomb for a pharaoh and solves the mystery behind a number of corpses and boxes of ciagars he found buried with the royal.
Remi was inspired in writing an edition of a Tintin adventure in Egypt by the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun by Howard Carter in 1922.
During the exhibition, visitors are invited to participate in the “Tintin Adventure Trail,” a fun and interactive quest (via QR codes) to (re)discover 10 objects presented in the permanent collection that the hero with the yellow quiff has himself encountered during his investigations, according to Tintin website.
Visitors are also able to browse the black and white edition compared to the one recently colourised.
The exhibition comes in tandem with the centenary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb and the bicentenary of the deciphering of the hieroglyphs by François Champollion.