‘Spirou4rights’ is the name of the traveling exhibition that will occupy levels 0 and 1 of the Atomium in Brussels from 8 April to 4 November. The exhibition is dedicated to the defence and promotion of human rights, and will feature many illustrations of well-known cartoon characters, including the iconic bell-boy himself, Spirou.
Thirty cartoon exhibits will evoke the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948 by the United Nations. Spirou will obviously be involved, but so will Blake and Mortimer, Lucky Luke, Marsupilami, Agent 212, Cubitus, and Philippe Geluck’s Cat.
The exhibition, which has already been presented at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, will also be celebrating a triple anniversary: first, the 80th anniversary of the journal Spirou, which bears the name of a hero who, according to the UN, has always “protected the weak and fought against inequalities”, and who can therefore be considered as an appropriate ambassador for human rights; second, the 60th anniversary of the construction of the Atomium; and third, the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The exhibition will be open to the public every day from 10:00 to 18:00.