René Magritte Museum – Abstract Art Museum (fully booked)
In 1930, Georgette and René Magritte moved into a rented flat in a typical Brussels town house that had been built five years earlier. They lived in the house for the next 24 years, and Magritte produced half of his paintings there. An art lover purchased the building in 1993 and spent six years renovating it, guided by people’s recollections and photographs from the period. The René Magritte Museum, which opened on 5 June 1999, contains an exhibition on the artist’s life, illustrated with a wealth of documentation, alongside some of his gouache paintings. Twenty years later, a second museum dedicated to abstract art was added to the complex. This new museum was established in the neighbouring house and has one floor focused on 1920s avant-garde art and two floors covering the second wave of abstract art in the 1950s. The collection features pieces by major artists on the Belgian abstract art scene, including Victor Servranckx, Jo Delahaut, Pol Bury and Joseph Lacasse. Their vibrantly coloured lyrical and geometrical paintings form a striking contrast to the house’s pastel-toned walls.
Guided tours of the Abstract Art Museum, Sat. at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00 (French), 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00 (Dutch).
Guided tours of the René Magritte Museum, Sun. at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00 (French), 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00 (Dutch).
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00 (last admission at 17:00)
rue Esseghem/Esseghemstraat 135-137, Jette
Guided tours only – advance booking required