René Magritte, world-renowned leader of Belgian surrealism, passed away on 15 August Protected content . 50 years later the Atomium, another icon of Belgian heritage, is bringing the artist’s work back to life, giving him a unique homage and offering visitors the chance to experience the artist’s dreamlike world.
The exhibition " Atomium meets Surrealism", invites visitors to dive deep into the Surrealist universe of René Magritte through an innovative scenography. Some key works by the artist will be transformed into actual exhibition sets, split into section for close examination, and visitors will be able to walk through the 3D artworks.
Make your way through Magritte's famous bowler-hatted figures, linger among the clouds and look up to see the birds while sitting on a green apple and wonder about the hidden meaning of his paintings… Because, in the words of the great artist himself: "the mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meaning is unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown."
The selected works were carefully chosen to represent Magritte's world and the iconic elements that embody it in all its forms. Among them, Le fils de l'homme, which contains many of the painter's signature motifs: the bowler hat, the apple, the hidden face and the clouds.
In addition to the life-size paintings, the exhibition will also feature some of the artists' most memorable quotes relating to his art and Surrealism, as well as screenings of a range of his paintings, illustrating other elements of his artistic realm.
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