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Schuiten tells the story of Beijing-Hankou, when Belgians and French built the railroad in China

2021-06-14T19:06:47.298Z

INTERVIEW - With his counterpart Li Kunwu, the designer of the Obscure Cities retraces the little-known history of this great construction site at the end of the 19th century in a book and an exhibition in Brussels.



Comic book fans know him for

Les

Cités obscures

, a formidable protean saga published with his friend Benoît Peeters.

Or for his last album released in 2019, a

Blake and Mortimer

entitled

The Last of the Pharaohs

.

But the Belgian François Schuiten has other strings to his bow.

For example, he designed the decoration for the Parisian metro station Arts et Métiers, the sets for

La Cenerentola

by Rossini, presented at the Opéra de Lyon, and all the scenography for Train World, the Brussels train museum.

Read also:

The Last Pharaoh

or when Blake and Mortimer light up the world with their lanterns

It is precisely at Train World that the exhibition

From Beijing to Hankou: a Belgian adventure in China

is being offered until October 10,

which tells the story of the construction between 1898 and 1905, by tens of thousands of Chinese workers, of a 1,214 km railway line spanning the mighty Yellow River.

A beautiful book published by Kana,

Beijing-Hankou: the great epic

, rich in drawings, maps, photos and documents, completes the exhibition.

François Schuiten designed five major illustrations

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Source: lefigaro

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