The Magritte Museum, located in the central Place Royale in Brussels, and belonging to the compendium of art centres that form the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, is one of the most representative museums of the European capital. Its rooms offer visitors more than 200 works dedicated to René Magritte, one of the most emblematic figures of Surrealism and undoubtedly one of the best-known Belgian artists in the international realm.
THE MAGRITTE MUSEUM HISTORY
Although the Magritte Museum has been opened for just a bit longer than five years, it has become one of the most relevant museums in Brussels, due to the importance of its collection and its comprehensive journey through the life and work of one of the most famous Belgian artists, Surrealist René Magritte.
Located in the Hôtel Altenloh, an old neoclassical palace of the late 18th century, renovated for the occasion, its 2,500 metres in three floors house more than 200 works by Magritte, the largest collection in the world dedicated to this Belgian artist.
Its location in the heart of Brussels, on Place Royale, next to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, to which it belongs, and next to the Mont des Arts, makes the museum a very accessible location for visitors. This group of museums is a central artistic point in Brussels.
INSIDE THE MUSEUM
The Magritte Museum is a place where the scenery and enigma that delighted Magritte will captivate the visitor. The museum takes visitors through a chronological and thematic tour on the work of this Belgian artist. It starts on the third floor, dedicated to Magritte’s constructivist period, when he discovered the Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico. This was a period of learning and experimenting, when he “flirted” with styles such as Expressionism and he painted his first surrealist works. In these works, we can already see the particular philosophy of Magritte expressed through the presence of the dreams world or everyday objects.
The second floor displays pieces of the artist made in Brussels, a less famous period of Magritte, which coincides with the crisis of the 30s. During this time, Magritte devoted himself to so-called "idiotic works”, in other words, his work in advertising. Late on, during World War II, he deeply went into Surrealism.
On the first floor you will find the most universal images of Magritte, around L'Empire des Lumières and Domaine d’Arnheim. The tour ends in a cinema, which shows films dedicated to the artist as well as some films that Magritte himself liked to watch with his friends and that inspired him in his work on the subversion of images.
SOME INTERESTING FACTS
For fans of Magritte, in Jette (a neighbourhood of Brussels) -135, Rue Esseghem- is located the Magritte Museum House, where the Belgian artist lived from 1930 to 1954 with his wife Georgette. This was the place where he produced much of its creation and where the Surrealist group meetings were held.
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- Visitors with ticket and groups with reservation: Place Royale 1
- Visitors without tickets and groups without reservation: Rue de la Regence, 3
MAGRITTE MUSEUM OPENING HOURS
- Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00h to 17.00h
- Closed: Mondays, January 1st and second Thursday of January, May 1st, November 1st and 11th and December 25th. On December 24th and 31st closing time is at 16.00h.
- Ticket office closes at 16.30h.
- Normal: 8 euros, combined (Old Masters, Modern, Magritte and Fin-de-siècle) 13 euros
- Reduced: over 65s and groups of adults with at least 15 people, 6 euros. Combined 9 euros.
- Children aged between 6 and 25 years old: 2 euros. Combined 3 euros.
- Free: Brussels Card, children up to 5 years and the first Wednesday of each month from 13.00h.
Rue de la Régence 3, Brussels
HOW TO REACH THE MUSEUM
- Train: Gare Centrale
- Metro: 1 and 5, Parc / Gare Centrale
- Tram: lines 92 and 94, Royale
- Bus: lines 27, 38, 71, 95, Royale. Lines 29, 63, 65, 66, Parc / Gare Centrale
- Parking: Albertine / Parking 2 Portes / Parking Poelaert
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