“Magritte, Broodthaers & l’art contemporain” (Magritte, Broodthaers & Contemporary Art), Musée Magritte, Brussels
13 September 2017 – 18 February 2018
René Magritte’s body of work is so vast that many an artist has sought inspiration within. The Musée Magritte pays tribute to the master, his legacy, and those he influenced, starting with Belgian plastic artist Marcel Broodthaers. The work of other artists such as David Altmejd and Sean Landers will also be exhibited, as well as that of George Condo and Gavin Turk, who confess a fondness for Magritte’s “vache” (cow) period, when he painted vulgar and ironic subjects.
“Atomium Meets Surrealism”, The Atomium, Brussels
21 September 2017 – 19 September 2018
The futuristic Atomium, a symbol of the Belgian capital, will also come into play, providing the framework for an exhibition of enlarged and 3D versions of Magritte’s works. Visitors will actually be able to move “within” the paintings. The second part of the exhibition will display films as well as famous quotes from the artist.
“Magritte Expérience”, Knokke-Heist
Until 3 September 2017
The town of Knokke-Heist, in northern Belgium, also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the painter’s death. On the beach, a giant bowler hat invites visitors to come in, put on a virtual reality headset, and enjoy a 3D voyage inside the painter’s surrealistic universe.
Another must-see displayed only for the summer is Magritte’s masterpiece “The Enchanted Realm,’ in Knokke’s grand casino. This 300-square meter picture will be on view as part of a 15-minute light and sound show.
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Photo credit of ‘Le Retour’, Rene Magritte, 1940, courtesy of Charly Herscovici – c/p SABAM-ADAGP, 2009