Located in the heart of the Place Royale and attached to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the Magritte Museum opened in 2009, bringing together the fine collection of art by René Magritte.
Located on the Place Royale in Brussels, the Magritte Museum is housed in a building with a long history. Built after the fire of Palace Coudenberg in 1731, this architectural and neo-classical style building is a historical testimony of Belgium at that time. Fifty years after its construction, the building was transformed into a hotel for more than a century, before being sold to a jeweler in the early twentieth century. In 1962, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium invested in the site and transformed it into a museum. A few years ago the buildings architectural style was historically recognized. The building is now a world heritage site. A very large collection of works is dedicated to artists René Magritte, an International artist. In 2009, after two years of work, the Magritte Museum, housed in the former Altenloh Hotel, was born.
Largest Collection in the world
Over 2,500 m2 of space is dedicated to housing 200 works by the artist that are presented to the public. Oil paintings on canvas, drawings, sculptures and painted objects make up the exhibition on display, which is spread over three floors. The collection also contains advertising posters, sheet music, vinatge photographs and films produced by the painter. The last room shows how Magritte fell into a commercial approach to his work towards the end of his life. The Magritte Museum in Brussels is undoubtedly the best reference centre in the world for the artist, even if another René Magritte Museum, opened in 1999 in Jette, is where the painter lived for more than twenty years.
Text Julien Antinoff
Translation Karen Athwal