The new Musée Magritte, set to open in Hôtel Altenloh on Place Royale, Brussels in May 2009, will exhibit the largest and most diverse Magritte collection ever seen.
The front of the Hôtel Altenloh has been dressed in a huge canvas that will remain in place for the duration of the renovation, showing one of Magritte’s key works, The Dominion of Light, (1954).
The Dominion of Light is unquestionably one of Magritte’s most famous paintings. A nocturnal scene illuminated by a single lamp, under a diurnal sky; a meeting of day and night showing the importance of the theme of light and mystery in Magritte’s oeuvre.
With the participation of major contemporary artists, to mark the opening of the museum, Almine Rech Gallery will be holding an exhibition on the theme of Magritte and Light. The ambition of this exhibition is to present the works of contemporary artists that show an affinity to Magritte and express his influence in their work.
The exhibition will run for two months. The show will bring together John Baldessari, Urs Fischer,Sylvie Fleury, Mark Handforth, Gregor Hildebrandt, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Joseph Kosuth, Magritte, Kris Martin, Anselm Reyle, Ugo Rondinone, Ed Ruscha, Gavin Turk.