On Friday June 23rd, the City of Brussels announced that, to mark the 125th anniversary of Magritte’s birth, some of the capital’s shopping streets are being transformed into open-air galleries with art inspired by the work of the great Belgian surrealist. There will also be aerial decorations made from mineral fibers, all of them on view from late June until November 30th.
The famous Rue Haute, Rue Blaes and Rue des Renards in the traditional neighborhood of the Marolles are set to become the backdrop for a series of surrealism-inspired art installations: umbrellas, doves and 1.50 m clouds, suspended on wires, invite visitors to enter the enigmatic, poetic world of this Belgian painter as emblematic as chocolate.
Creating instagrammable universes in the different areas helps to raise the profile of the city.Fabian Maingain, alderman for economic affairs City of Brussels
“The idea is to offer Belgians and tourists a real experience, with the pleasure of wandering around and discovering our often novel and original shops run by dynamic and passionate people,” said Fabian Maingain, alderman for economic affairs City of Brussels. “It’s this whole, made up of signs, seasonal activities and a very special atmosphere, that contributes to the vitality of our city.” Alongside the Marolles, other shopping streets in the heart of Brussels are preparing to welcome a summer vibrant with life, color and creativity.
Appreciated for their dynamism, these thoroughfares are already or are about to become the stage for a unique visual spectacle. Whether aerial floral installations, flags or innovative artistic works, each street is transformed into a veritable open-air gallery, ready to be captured in unforgettable images. “Creating instagrammable universes in the different areas of the Pentagon helps to raise the profile of the city center and enhance the value of our businesses,” said Maingain.
New Magritte shop in Brussels
In January 2022 a new Magritte shop opened its doors in downtown Brussels. It’s a little paradise for Magritte lovers. The shop is located on the Grand Place and everything, from the items on sale to the decoration of the place and the colors on the walls, reminds of Magritte.
Most items have been produced by Belgian craftsmen. You could for example buy a cloud-shaped lamp by Atelier de la Nuagerie to lighten up your interior or a hand-woven cushion inspired by one of his masterworks. Whether you prefer socks or pins, mugs or tote bags, skateboards or books: you’ll all find it there.