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Magritte 125
Magritte 125

Magritte 125

Surrealism Meets the Streets: René Magritte's 125th Anniversary Celebration in Brussels.

In a delightful fusion of classic artistry and contemporary urban expression, the City of Brussels is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the legendary Belgian painter, René Magritte.
To mark this momentous occasion, the city invited the world-renowned street artist, Julien de Casabianca, to create eight magnificent, larger-than-life artworks on the walls of Brussels' iconic buildings. As the vibrant murals breathe new life into the cityscape, they pay homage to Magritte's artistic genius and invite passersby to explore the enigmatic world of surrealism, through a route in the streets of the center of Brussels...

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1 of 8 // Julian de Casabianca artwork.

René Magritte, often hailed as one of the greatest surrealists of the 20th century, possessed an extraordinary ability to challenge the boundaries of reality through his thought-provoking paintings. With his trademark bowler hat, apple motifs, and obscured faces, Magritte crafted a captivating visual language that sought to question the nature of perception and challenge our preconceived notions of the world around us.

While Magritte's paintings might seem familiar, they often conceal deeper meanings beneath their seemingly ordinary surfaces. As he once famously remarked, "Everything we see hides another thing; we always want to see what is hidden by what we see." This sentiment perfectly encapsulates the essence of his work and serves as an inspiration for Julien de Casabianca's striking interpretations on Brussels' walls.

René Magritte's life was filled with anecdotes and personal stories that continue to captivate art enthusiasts worldwide.
One such story is the tale of his famous painting, "The Son of Man." The image of a man in a suit with an apple obstructing his face has become synonymous with Magritte's enigmatic style. Legend has it that Magritte's decision to conceal the face was inspired by his personal fear of pigeons, which were often seen swooping down in his childhood neighborhood.

Magritte's quotes also provide fascinating insights into his creative process. He once remarked, "Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist, emphasizing the fundamental role of art in exploring the mysterious depths of human existence".
His profound words serve as a reminder that art can unravel the mysteries of our reality, presenting us with alternate perspectives and challenging our perception of the world.
"I take care, as far as possible, to only do paintings that arouse mystery with the precision and the enchantment necessary for the life of ideas, painting must be used for something other than painting" said Magritte.

Magritte 125, by LB

More info about Rene Magritte's 125 anniversary in Brussels > Its here
Download the 8 artworks location map HERE

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