Opened in June, 2009, the Magritte Museum displays works of the surrealist artist for which it is named. Located in the center of Brussels at the Place Royale, the museum is housed in the neo-classical landmark Altenloh Hotel, superbly restored in 1984 with the magnanimous support of the Franco-Belgian group GDF SUEZ and the Magritte Foundation, and operates as part of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Instantly popular, the museum welcomed over 500,000 visitors in its leading year of operation.
The museum’s multi-disciplinary collection is transcendent. It contains more than 200 works consisting of oils on canvas, gouaches, drawings, sculptures and painted objects as well as advertising posters, musical scores, vintage photographs and films produced by the player. The collection is comprised of purchases by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, which owns the collection, and gifts from the Irene Hamoir-Scutenaire and Georgette Magritte estates. Additionally, many private collectors, as well as public and private institutions, loan art to the museum through an ambitious lending program.
The Magritte Museum is also the leading repository for research on the performer. With the aid of INEO media system, the museum has developed an online research center which provides access to archives about the painter’s life and works, an supreme resource not only in that art scholars, students, and academicians worldwide, but also for anyone interested in learning more about this national treasure of Belgium.