Musée Magritte Museum
The Musée Magritte Museum, which opened to the public on 2nd June 2009, in the Althenloh building belonging to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, received over 500,000 visitors in less than one year.
This Museum is situated in the very heart of Brussels, on Place Royale (and forms part of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium). It was fitted out thanks to the patronage of skills provided by the French and Belgian subsidiaries of GDF SUEZ and to the support of the Magritte Foundation. It exhibits for public viewing the creations of the surrealist artist belonging to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. These come mainly from purchases as well as from the legacies of Irène Scutenaire-Hamoir and Georgette Magritte. Many private collectors and public and private institutions have also contributed to the Musée Magritte Museum project through the loan of their masterpieces.
This multidisciplinary collection is the most extensive in the world. It comprises more than 200 works consisting of oils on canvas, gouaches, drawings, sculptures and painted objects as well as advertising posters, music scores, vintage photographs and films made by Magritte himself.
In its field, the Musée Magritte Museum is the world centre of reference for knowledge of the artist. With the cooperation of INEO media system, an on-line research centre has been developed for Internet surfers. This gives access to the archives linked to the painter’s life and to his body of work.