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this is not a museum

June 9, 2009

The new Magritte Museum has opened in the centre of Brussels. It contains the world’s largest collection of his work. More than 40 years after his death Magritte remains profoundly influential. His “pipe which was not a pipe” still fascinates art lovers. Magritte often played with light and shade, and wanted to use his art to make people think about the “mystery without which the world would not exist.” His outlook on real life however was sombre. He didn’t want children and used to say that “we are all in a cellar, without even a tiny window.” Reflecting his work, the interior of the museum is dark blue and dimly lit to make the art stand out, and to provide a haven for visitors.

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  1. June 9, 2009 12:28 pm

    I love Magritte. Thank you for the link.

    Best,
    Rhys

  2. June 9, 2009 12:40 pm

    My pleasure Rhys, i’m a big fan of Magritte myself. If you read french and can find a copy i highly recommend Louis Scutenaire’s reminiscences of his friend, Avec Magritte, and Bernard Noel’s monograph in the Crown Art Library series is excellent too. There is also a documentary on him available.

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