Magritte and Belgian surrealism
Brussels has been transformed, like the work of Magritte. By bringing together unexpected objects, dissociating and, at times even distorting, certain elements from their intended function, the city, like the artist, brings forth a new perception of reality.
Brussels is therefore surrealistic first and foremost.
Through its " zwanze " the typical Brussels' humour. Through the extravagance of its Atomium and Court House. In all of its beauty… I wander through the streets of this strange Brussels whose artists of the 1920s have settled.
His paintings draw on day-to-day reality but change its elements. The changes of scale upsets the hierarchy of motives. The specific qualities are altered and functions permuted. Mesmerising Magritte speaks to our sense of reality and surrealism! You will feel as I do to which extent Magrittes's derision in his work corresponds strangely to the typical Brussels’ state of mind.
A brand new museum has been entirely dedicated to him: Magritte Museum - Royal Museums of Fine Arts (BRUXELLES).
On 5 thematic floors, his paintings, works, texts, interviews, photographs and lettres will be shown to the large public
Whereas his native city, Ostend, remained a central source of inspiration, for James-Sydney Ensor Brussels was a second home. Witness his “Entry of Christ in Brussels” where he shows himself to be a merciless observer tainted with bitter irony. I am disturbed by his original imagination oriented towards the fantastic close to Brussels. Who today would deny that Ensor was one of the forerunners of surrealism ?