For the past twenty-five years, Bernard Soetens has pursued his career as an expert and art dealer specializing in original drawings and collector's comics while continuing his involvement in international banking, which, fifteen years ago, led him to the Banco Urquijo in Madrid for five years, where he worked as a member of the Executive Committee. Today, he is considered one of the greatest international experts on Hergé's graphic work. On the basis of this dual competence, Bernard Soetens aims - through the conferences he gives at the Yacht Club de Monaco and elsewhere - to give new collectors and investors in the 9th Art the objective criteria needed to identify the best ‘Collectors’ still available on the market and the information needed to create an artistic legacy for future generations.
For Brafa 2019, Bernard Soetens has selected a set of three large original drawings by Hergé depicting two of Tintin’s well-known adventures the Middle East. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing of Apollo 11, this set will be complemented by several unique, small-scale storyboards relating to Tintin's adventure ‘On a Marché sur la Lune’. He will also present about ten large original plates from the adventures of ‘Corto Maltese’ and ‘Rasputin’ drawn by Hugo Pratt and published in albums in Belgium. The 9th Art is becoming increasingly popular internationally, and at Brafa 2019 Bernard Soetens will be delighted to inform visitors about his selection of works in any of the six languages he speaks fluently, which include Spanish, German and Russian.