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Surrealism in Brussels

As a reaction to their predecessors, who only made neo-something art, the artists of the 1940’s created a movement that defied all conventions: Surrealism. It was a revolution that questioned everything… Not just painting and literature, but also the way of life at the time, as their works demonstrate. The artists of Brussels, who already were natural rebels with a love of derision, quickly adopted this state of mind. Even now, Surrealism can be found around every corner.

Brussels always has and always will lay claim to its status as a centre of Surrealism, with a heritage that is visible still. To immerse oneself in the intellectual and artistic atmosphere of the time, Brussels offers some special opportunities. Take, for example, La Fleur en Papier Doré/Het Goudblommeke in papier (the Golden Paper Flower), a folkloric bar from another era where leading figures of the 20th century Belgian Surrealist movement like René Magritte, Louis Scutenaire and Marcel Mariën used to get together. Also, the Ixelles Museum, which traces the movement of different artistic schools of the 19th and 20th centuries, gives pride of place to Surrealism and the work of Magritte, Delvaux, Ernst and, even, Mirò.

Finally, the René Magritte House and Museum and the Magritte Museum itself are essential addresses to mark on any itinerary that involves a visit to Brussels and a desire to learn about the artist and his time. In 2017 the fiftieth anniversary of the painter’s death will be commemorated in a variety of ways: temporary exhibitions and events will take place at the René Magritte House-Museum as well as the Magritte Museum and even the Atomium.

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