IMAGINE! 100 Years of International Surrealism

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Salvador Dalí – "Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War)" (1936) | © Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). The Louise and Walter Arensberg collection

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are inaugurating IMAGINE!, an extraordinary international touring exhibition conceived in close collaboration with the Centre Pompidou (Paris).

An immersion in surrealist poetry, dream, the labyrinth, metamorphosis, the unknown and the subconscious, led by the great names of surrealists, from MAX ERNST to GIORGIO DE CHIRICO, not forgetting SALVADOR DALÍ, JOAN MIRÓ, JANE GRAVEROL, DOROTHEA TANNING, MAN RAY, LEONOR FINI, ETC

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Each partner museum houses the core of the travelling exhibition and enriches it by emphasising its own heritage. In Brussels, the RMFAB will explore surrealism from a symbolist perspective, through more than 130 works of art  (paintings, works on paper, sculptures, objects, assemblages, and photographs).

 

IMAGINE! focuses on the connections and similarities, but also the fracture lines between surrealism and symbolism, one of its precursors. From 1880 onwards, Brussels was an exceptional hub for the arts and the avant-garde, as demonstrated by the exhibitions of groups such as “Les XX” and “La Libre Esthétique”. Symbolism, embodied in particular by Rops, Spilliaert, Khnopff, Delville and Minne, evolved rapidly in Brussels and largely anticipated the emergence of the surrealist movement. A few decades later, Brussels became a centre for Belgian surrealism. Despite the cultural rupture caused by World War I, the older symbolists and the emerging youth were never fundamentally alienated from each other.

 

From January to July 2024, Belgium will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. What better year to celebrate surrealism, the movement which put Belgium on the map, and found meaning within a European context? What’s more, 2024 also marks the hundredth anniversary of the publication of the 'Surrealist Manifesto' (1924). With IMAGINE!, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium wish to celebrate the centenary of the birth of surrealism in an optimal European context.

 

After Brussels and Paris, the exhibition will travel to the Hamburger Kunsthalle and the Fundación Mapfré Madrid, before closing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 

You can also visit the exhibition Histoire de ne pas rire. Surrealism in Belgium at Bozar. Buy your duo ticket and visit both exhibitions for only €29.

 

Duo ticket

 

ACTIVITIES

Happy sunday! kids & family 

Bilingual guided tour for kids and family from age 6 

28.04 ; 16.06

 

Guided tour for individual visitors

23.03 ; 13.04 ; 11.05 ; 15.06 ; 13.07

 

GUIDED TOUR FOR GROUPS

On request in French, Dutch, English, German, Spanish, Russian, Greek, Italian, Serbo-Croatian and sign language

Please ask : reservation@fine-arts-museum.be

 

Curated by 

- Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium: Francisca Vandepitte, Curator of Modern Art 
- Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'Art Moderne: Didier Ottinger, Deputy Director in charge of cultural programming at the Musée national d'Art moderne - Centre de création industrielle (MNAM/CCI) & Marie Sarré, Curatorial Attaché at the Modern Collections Department
In collaboration with the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Fundación Mapfré Madrid and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


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 With the support of 

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Copyright : Salvador Dalí, Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War) (1936) © Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). The Louise and Walter Arensberg collection

Practical informations

Address

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Rue de la Régence / Regentschapsstraat 3
1000 Brussels
Mail  / +32 (0)2 508 32 11

Hours

Tuesday- Friday: 10:00 - 17:00
Weekends: 11:00 - 18:00

The ticket offices close half an hour before closing time.
On 24/12 and 31/12 the museums close at 15:00

CLOSED

Mondays
+ 1 January | 1 May | 27 june | 1 & 11 November | 25 December

 

Admission

INDIVIDUAL VISITORS

 
Adult 18,00 €
Senior (+65 years) 15,00 €
Adults groups (15 persons, price p.p.) 15,00 €
Children, and youth aged 6-25 10,00 €
Belgian school teachers, City of Brussels guides (excluding school groups) 10,00 €
One accompanying adult per group of schoolchildren, youth or disadvantaged people 10,00 €
Person with disability / 1 accompanying visitor 10,00 €
Belgian job seekers and integration income beneficiaries 10,00 €
Children and youth in groups (school groups) 6,00 €
Children aged 0-6, members of ICOM, FPS Science Policy BELSPO staff, press 0,00 €
Friends of the RMFAB 0,00 €
COMBI Surrealist (RMFAB+ BOZAR) 29,00 €
A proof of eligibility is required for all reduced fees

 

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