Past exhibitions

11.10.2023 – 02.06.2023 : Abstract landscapes

The Abstract Art Museum celebrates the change of season with a display exploring abstract landscapes.
Pure non-figurative art is almost non-existent. Artists who make a composition only with planes and colour, creating something out of nothing, is rather rare. Well-known examples are Piet Mondrian and Max Bill. Most ‘abstract’ artists start from a reality that inspires them, such as a specific landscape. Their perspectives are often diverse. So you have painters like Renée Demeester who express their feelings through an abstracted landscape, or others who deal with the Flemish countryside very rationally and humorously, like Wout Vercammen.

In this display, we highlight and explore the whole spectrum of abstracted Belgian landscapes.



26.11.2022 – 03.09.2023 : Renée Demeester, Abstract landscapes

The René Magritte Museum – Museum of Abstract Art is devoting a solo exhibition to Renée Demeester, who passed away in April 2022. The exhibition ‘Abstract Landscapes’ gives the public the opportunity to get to know this talented and discreet artist. She was a remarkable figure of Belgian abstraction in the 1960s and 80s, and was able to develop her own style and make it evolve.

01.11.2020 – 03.06.2021 : 12 Constructivist artists

This exhibition showcases twelve well thought-out compositions that are distinguished from each other by the sobriety of the means, the exuberance of the colours or the complexity of the subjects. In the temporary exhibition space, they come face to face and lend themselves to the game of visual confrontation. This ensemble highlights the constant creativity of Geometric Abstraction in Belgium, from the 1950s to the present day.

2019 : Francine Holley, 100 years and more

In 2019, we celebrated the 100th birthday of Francine Holley with a retrospective of her works.

16.09 – 31.12.2017 : Magritte, Signs of life

For the 50th anniversary of Magritte’s death, 21 photographic portraits were exhibited in the communes of Brussels that the artist frequented (Jette, Schaerbeek, Molenbeek).

In parallel with that, inhabitants of Brussels created sound portraits in workshops led by BNA-BBOT

22.02 – 14.09.2014 : The lost Magrittes

After seven years of research, 30 destroyed masterpieces of the artist are brought back to life.

16.09.2011 – 15.01.2012 : Henri-Jean Closon (1888-1975)

Henri-Jean Closon, pioneer of Belgian abstract art, is the painter of vibrant color compositions. The exhibition at the Musée René Magritte was the first tribute to this artist held in Brussels.

18.09.2010 – 16.01.2011 : Hundred years of Abstract Art

This exhibition marked the centenary of abstract art in Europe (1910-2010)

Around 40 works chosen from the Museum’s large collection gave an overview of the figures of this movement in Belgium from the 1920s to the present day.

29, 30 and 31.05.2009 : 10 years Magritte Museum (1999 – 2009)

The René Magritte Museum celebrated its 10 years of existence in June 2009. A weekend of celebrations included exhibitions, guided tours, workshops, concerts and animations. All these reviewed the achievements of the Museum so far and presented new projects to the public.

01.04 – 31.07.2009 : Francine Holley : 90 years, 20 masterpieces

Francine Holley is an abstract artist who lives in Paris. She celebrated her 90th birthday in 2009. This anniversary exhibition gave an overview of her career.

01.03 – 30.06.2008 : Edmond Van Dooren : dreaming of a future world

The avant-garde painter Edmond van Dooren, like Magritte, became one of the pioneers of Belgian abstraction.

03.01 – 31.03.2007 : ELT Mesens on visit by Magritte, the headquarters of surrealism

Itinerary of the terrible child of Belgian surrealism, the poet, musician, collagist and animator ELT Mesens.

04.01 – 31.03.2006 : René Magritte invites René Guiette

René Guiette was a contemporary of Magritte. This exhibition explored a series of his works from the museum’s collection.