René Magritte, one of the most famous painters in the world, is also the most important Belgian painter of the 20th century and perhaps one of the most important contemporary artists, period.
Born in Lessines, Belgium, he moved to Brussels to study at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts. He inevitably moved to Paris to study and be around other artists, as every artist seemed to do in the early 1900s. He spent the majority of his working life in Brussels, so when the museum celebrating his life and work opened in 2009, it was met with much acclaim. Indeed, today the museum attracts over half a million visitors a year.
With such a heavy footfall, it’s highly recommended (almost imperative, in fact) to purchase tickets online before you go. The tickets are not extremely expensive – they are pretty good value considering the insight they give into Magritte’s work – but if you miss your appointment slot, you’ll lose them and will not be allowed entry. Build in plenty of time to get there. There may be a chance to buy tickets on the door but if you’re visiting in season, you stand a very good chance of being turned away.