September 20, 2018

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The Magritte Museum: enjoy the slideshow and get to know better a museum with a strong international influence

The Magritte Museum: enjoy the slideshow and get to know better a museum with a strong international influence

7 years ago, in June 2009, the Magritte Museum opened its doors to the  public. Today, over 2 million visitors have contemplated and continue to admire the largest art collection of Magritte in the world.

The Museum has contributed to 19 international exhibitions, including in New York, Tokyo and soon also Paris and Frankfurt. New lenders,  increasingly attracted by the influence of the Museum, entrust their precious Magrittes to the institution (over 31 new works in 1 year).

Since several years, major international museums rely on the expertise of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium to organize exhibitions devoted to the artist and his work. With the unwavering support of the Magritte Foundation, the institution has collaborated with 19 major international exhibitions in recent years. After major exhibitions at MoMA New York, the Menil Collection in Houston and the Art Institute of Chicago, the Magritte Museum has played a vital role in the largest retrospective ever dedicated to Magritte, in the National Art Centre of Tokyo and the Municipal Museum of Art in Kyoto. This exhibition in Japan experienced an attendance record of 533,354 visitors.

René Magritte, Golconda, 1953, gouache on cardboard, inv. 11719, RMFAB, Brussels, photo: J. Geleyns / Ro scan © Ch. Herscovici, with his kind authorization c/o SABAM, Belgium
René Magritte, Golconda, 1953, gouache on cardboard, inv. 11719, RMFAB, Brussels, photo: J. Geleyns / Ro scan © Ch. Herscovici, with his kind authorization c/o SABAM, Belgium
René Magritte, La page blanche, 1969, huile sur toile, inv. 10711, MRBAB, Bruxelles, photo : J. Geleyns / Ro scan © Ch. Herscovici, avec son aimable autorisation c/o SABAM Belgium
René Magritte, The Dominion of LIght, 1954, oil on canvas, inv. 6715, RMFAB, Brussels, photo: J. Geleyns / Ro scan © Ch. Herscovici, with his kind authorization c/o SABAM, Belgium
René Magritte, The Return, 1940, oil on canvas, inv. 6667, RMFAB, Brussels, photo: J. Geleyns / Ro scan © Ch. Herscovici, with his kind authorization c/o SABAM, Belgium
René Magritte, Copper Handcuffs, 1931, oil on a plaster reproduction of the Venus of Milo, inv. 11770, RMFAB, Brussels, photo: J. Geleyns / Ro scan © Ch. Herscovici, with his kind authorization c/o SABAM, Belgium

In the following months, the Magritte Museum will collaborate in two important exhibitions: at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, “The Treachery of Images” from September 21,  2016 until January 23, 2017 and, at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt: “The Treachery of Images”, as of February 10, 2017 and until June 05, 2017.

The Museum does not only house the largest, but also most representative collection in the world of the artist. The full range of artistic media used by Magritte are represented: paintings, gouaches, drawings, sculptures and painted objects, advertising posters, musical scores, photographs and films. Moreover, his entire career, including the unknown periods, is shown.

Among the major works on display at the museum, the public favourites are: The Dominion of Lights – MMM has 2 versions of the existing 17 (including 6 gouaches), The Domain of Arnheim , Black Magic, The Unexpected Response, The Treachery of Images (drawing), The Man of the Sea , or The Blank Page (last completed painting by Magritte).

Year 2017 will be the year of the fiftieth anniversary o f the death of Magritte. Many projects are under construction, including an exhibit demonstrating the continued strong presence of René Magritte in contemporary creation . His influence and his legacy are for instance found in Gavin Turk, George Condo, Sean Landers, Raymond Pettibon, Robert Longo, and so many more.

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