Focusing on the work of René Magritte, this international chair was Established through a partnership between the Emile Bernheim Foundation, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the Université libre de Bruxelles. The chair’s activities comprise four course modules, taught by Magritte specialists and directors of international projects bearing on the artist’s work, thought or life. Taking its lead from recent publications, the 2013-2014 edition will focus on the theme Magritte: from the artist to his biography (and back).

1. INTRODUCTION (04.02 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

This two-hour session by Claude Goormans, who is doing research on the Magritte Archives, is designed as an introduction to the course; it covers the development of “Historical” Surrealism from the early twenties up to the death of the artist in 1967.

2. ARCHIVES (22.04 en 29.04 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

Designed in partnership with the Magritte Foundation and the Menil Foundation in Houston, this module focuses on current research into the artist’s archives. It underscores the importance of texts and correspondence for a better understanding of Magritte’s work and thought. In 2014, Claude Goormans, researcher at the Magritte Archives, will examine the relationship between the painter and André Breton through analysis of their writings and correspondence.

3. METHODOLOGY (18.03, 25.03 and 01.04 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

La Biographie : une “traversée difficile”
Building on his recent biography of the artist (Gallimard), Michel Draguet, General Director of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles, will develop methodological reflections on « l’écriture d’une vie » and the questions raised by the specific case of Magritte.

4. RESEARCH (25.03 from 10:00 to 12:00 a.m.; 22 and 29.04 from 9:00 to 12:00 a.m.)

Ceci n’est pas une biographie
In 2014, the guest speaker will be Jacques Roisin, Psychoanalyst and Professor at Université catholique de Louvain-La-Neuve (UCL). Jacques Roisin is the author of Ceci n’est pas une biographie de Magritte. In 2014, he proposes a new edition of this research entitled Magritte, la première vie de l’homme au chapeau melon.

Courses will be held on the dates indicated

Musée Magritte Museum : Projection room
3, rue de la Régence
1000 Brussels


Free for students enrolled in the course at ULB
Regular fee: 8 €
Reduced fee: 6 € (under 18, Friends of the Museums, seniors, employment seekers)

Reservation advisable
T 02/508.33.33 (Tuesday through Friday)

Contact persons

ULB: Jeanne Gallardo (FR)
02 650 24 19
RMFAB: Isabelle Vanhoonacker (NL)
02 508 32 11