René Magritte Museum and Abstract Art Museum
In 1930, René and Georgette Magritte moved into a rented flat in a typical Brussels town house in Jette. Over 24 years, the painter would produce half of his works here. During his time in Jette, the Brussels surrealists met each week in his dining room/workshop. An art lover purchased the building in 1993 and renovated it, using people’s recollections and photographs. A museum opened on 5 June 1999. Here visitors can discover the painter’s restored apartment, as well as an exhibition on the artist’s life, alongside some of his gouache paintings and original drawings on the upper floors. Since 2019, the neighbouring building has been home to an Abstract Art Museum. One floor, focused on Belgian abstract art, is connected to the René Magritte Museum – an allusion to the fact that this famous surrealist mixed in avant-garde circles before switching camp. The rest of the collection presents (lyrical or geometric) abstract art after 1945. Here you can admire works by renowned artists including Victor Servranckx, Jo Delahaut, Pol Bury, René Guiette and Luc Peire. Their vibrantly coloured paintings often make for a striking contrast with the house’s pastel-toned walls. (Safeguarding List since 10/07/1997)
Guided tours: Sat. at 11:30, 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00 (in French), at 10:30 an 14:00 (in Dutch) and at 12:30 and 16:00 (in English and in Dutch).
Sat. only, 10:00 to 18:00
Rue Esseghem/Esseghemstraat 137, Jette
Guided tours and by reservation only
Select the time slot that suits you and make your reservation online.