Belgium's Magritte museum depicts a life in art
By Sangeeta Shastry
BRUSSELS (Reuters Life!) - Travel through Rene Magritte's life and work at the Belgian museum dedicated to the surrealist artist.
Unveiled last June, the Magritte Museum (www.musee-magritte-museum.be) near the heart of Brussels is just a stone's throw away from the Royal Palace of Brussels.
Situated over three floors, the Museum contains more than 200 works, including oils on canvas, gouaches, drawings, sculptures and painted objects, as well as advertising posters, musical scores, vintage photographs and films produced by Magritte himself.
The museum also bills itself as the world reference center for knowledge about the artist and has developed an online research center to provide online access to the archives in connection with the painter's life and works.
The tour of the museum begins on the ground floor, where audioguides -- which cost 4 euros ($5.33) -- can be picked up.
An elevator then takes you to the third floor, after which you're free to make your way down, while taking in roughly 20 years of Magritte's life and work.
Walking through it provides a certain Alice in Wonderland-like feel of entering one of Magritte's paintings, with its black-walled, dimly lit galleries and odd sculptures.
Small lobbies outside the exhibition rooms on each floor, decorated in minimalist fashion, allow museum-goers the chance to rest their feet and enjoy an attractive bird's-eye view of Brussels. Continued...