Nurtantio Projects

Manneken Pis' BIG BOOK
[Marie-Louise BRUYÈRE and Yoneko NURTANTIO]


Le Grand Livre de Manneken-Pis

WHY ON EARTH…?

Why on earth is Manneken Pis the symbol of Brussels?
If, like most Belgians, you have difficulty in answering this question, read “Mannenken Pis’ Big Book”! It’s short, it’s colorful, it’s rejoicing.
And above all, it tells you everything you need to know about Brussels’ most famous rebel!

Many questions arise: why is he so famous? Why is he dressed? Is it a scam?
Or maybe it’s a joke? A Belgian joke, then! And by the way, what’s Belgian humor? Does “Belgitude” really exist?
What if Manneken Pis was a symbol of surrealism? “Manneken Pis’ Big Book” starts from the astonishment of tourists.
It will let you discover why this mini statue is the most representative symbol of Brussels’ mindset.

Do you (re)discover Brussels? Read that book. It is just what you need. And it is the ideal gift to bring back from Belgium.
And guess what?... It’s available in 3 versions (EN-FR-NL)!

WHAT'S INSIDE?

Is that art? - Nurtantio Projects, Erwann Gauthier and Afrânio Fonseca De Paula©

Is that art? - Extract from "Manneken Pis' Big Book"
Marie-Louise BRUYÈRE and Yoneko NURTANTIO © - All rights reserved
Credits : Erwann Gauthier and Afrânio Fonseca De Paula (picture : Erwann Gauthier)

WHAT'S Manneken Pis' Big Book?

A pretty and smart book: a graphic look + short and funny texts to understand this weird symbol
▪ All-in-one: Kroll, Monk, Geluck, Vizorek, Sttellla, Magritte, queen Fabiola… the cream of Belgian people gathered in one book,
by means of quotes and contributions
▪ Available in 3 languages (EN-FR-NL)
A good deal : 12€

SHOP THE BOOK

"MANNEKEN PIS' BIG BOOK" is available in all these shops :

Tip: to get the complete list of retailers, click in the upper left corner

Shops in Brussels
+ Out of Brussels: De Permanensje @Geraardsbergen



WHY DID THEY WRITE THIS BOOK?

22 March 2016. Brussels is injured by two terrorist attacks. Against terror, Belgian people decide to stay united.
Dozens of caricatures circulate widely. Most of them show the same symbol: a peeing little boy with a bare navel.
Is Manneken Pis a symbol for liberty? For sure.

Self-mockery, resistance, humility, surrealism…
What if this touristic UFO was the monument that best represents Brussels?

▪ 69 pages to understand the meaning of Brussels’ most famous rebel... and to finally get the joke!
▪ Marie-Louise BRUYÈRE and Yoneko NURTANTIO are a succesful mother-daughter team. They previously published "Zéro gaspi !",
the method to increase your purchasing power by reducing food waste (Larousse Publisher)
▪ Foreword by Roel JACOBS, a recognised specialist of Brussels' history
▪ Supported by the Brussels-Capital Region and the French Community Commission (COCOF)

WHO CONTRIBUTED TO Manneken Pis' Big Book?

Marie-Louise BRUYÈRE and Yoneko NURTANTIO Marie-Louise BRUYÈRE and
Yoneko NURTANTIO

Authors | Graphism | EN Translation

Gwenny NURTANTIO Gwenny NURTANTIO

Artistic direction | NL Translation

Frédéric CHALTIN Frédéric CHALTIN

Graphic revision

Nathalie DIEPENDAELE Nathalie DIEPENDAELE

Cover | Winner of the graphic competition

Yuelan LIU Yuelan LIU

Graphist | "Reactions"

Afrânio FONSECA DE PAULA Afrânio FONSECA DE PAULA

Artist | "Witte Manneken-Pis Blanc"

HMI HMI - Crew CNN 199

Street artist | "Manneken Peace"

Saskia VANDERSTICHELE Saskia VANDERSTICHELE

Photographer

Roel JACOBS Roel JACOBS

Foreword and graphic revision

Pierre KROLL Pierre KROLL

Cartoonist

Erwann GAUTHIER Erwann GAUTHIER

Graphic Designer | "Is that art?"

Louis MAEYAERT Louis MAEYAERT

NL Translation

Christopher CHARLES Christopher CHARLES

Graphic Designer | "Who is Manneken Pis?"

Allison OCHSENMEIER Allison OCHSENMEIER

EN Translation

WHAT'S GOING ON?

Article We Love Brussels
Article Manneken-Pis.be (Krek)



Article Focus Vif
Article Brussels is yours



Article Brusselslife2
Article Pag Tour



Article Brusselslife

FEEDBACKS

Comment of a French reader:
"Amazing! […] I loved the humor! As I was reading this book, I wish I was Belgian! How unique is this famous and beautiful symbol!"

FNAC Bookshop - Selected by the bookseller:
"Surreal, a bit rebel, famous but also disappointing… Manneken Pis symbolizes the whacky side of what's called "belgitude".
This colourful and funny book tells stories, anecdotes and mysteries about the small boy elevated to the rank of a national monument!
Simply rejoincing!"

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Marie-Louise BRUYÈRE and Yoneko NURTANTIO, Manneken Pis’ Big Book,
Foreword by Roel JACOBS, translated from French by Yoneko NURTANTIO and Allison OCHSENMEIER (revision),
Brussels, ASBL Nurtantio Projects, 2017, 69 pp., ISBN (= EAN) : 978-9-08-278182-3
Price: €12

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