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Superheroes, a political history. Meeting with William Blanc

Jewish Museum of Belgium
26/03/2020 from 18:00until 26/03/2020 - 21:00
26 Mar
Jewish Museum of Belgium
21 rue des Minimes
1000  Brussels


Cinema, series, comics: born 80 years ago with the appearance of Superman, superheroes have now invaded the popular culture of the planet.

Far from being simply an entertainment product, the superhero genre has from the beginning been seen as a political tool. Captain America was created by two Jewish authors to correct Hitler in comics even before the USA entered the war, while Wonder Woman was intended to promote the emancipation of women. Later, new more troubled characters symbolised an America full of doubt, affected by the defeat in Vietnam, and then by 11 September 2001.


During this meeting chaired by Bruno Benvindo (director of exhibitions at the Jewish Museum of Belgium), the historian William Blanc will present his work Super-héros, une histoire politique, (Superheroes, a political history) published by Libertalia in 2018. Come and discover the societal issues concealed behind the masks of the superheroes!


In partnership with the CBAI


6 p.m.: Meeting with William Blanc, chaired by Bruno Benvindo (curator of the ‘Superheroes Never Die. Comics and Jewish Memories’ exhibition), followed by a book signing.
7.30 p.m.: Open visit to the ‘Superheroes Never Die. Comics and Jewish Memories’ exhibition