IMAGINE! 100 Years of International Surrealism



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.



Full Experience Surrealism ticket

Visit the exhibition IMAGINE! 100 years of International Surrealism AND the Magritte Museum with the new Full Experience Surrealism ticket!

Immerse yourself for a reduced price, in the surrealist world through Magritte's masterpieces and extend your experience by visiting the exhibition IMAGINE! 100 Years of International Surrealism.

IMAGINE! 100 years of International Surrealism

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.




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

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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.


 With the support of 




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


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


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


+ 1 January | 1 May  | 1 & 11 November | 25 December



Please note: A ticket to visit the temporary exhibition IMAGINE! does not give access to the permanent collections of the Museums. Thank you for your understanding.


Adult 18,00 €
Senior (+65 years) 15,00 €
Adults groups (15 persons, price p.p.) 15,00 €
Children, and youth aged (7-25) 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 €
A proof of eligibility is required for all reduced fees

With the SNCB code on your online ticket, you can buy a Discovery Ticket and travel there and back to Brussels-Central with 50% discount.

Discovery Ticket