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“EVERYTHING- in one museum complex!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Musee des Beaux-Arts d'Ixelles

Musee des Beaux-Arts d'Ixelles
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“EVERYTHING- in one museum complex!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2011

Took the train from Amsterdam to spedn a day in Brussels...and specifically inthe Musee des beaux arts. The city is delightful...fantastic food... and old world architecture. The Musee des Beaux arts has three sections. One is devoted to Belgium surrealist artist Rene Magritte and that's the part I had come to see. On the way into that section we walked through the grand hall and got to see some very interesting sculptures(see picture). After that the camera had to be put away(museum rules).
Rene Magritte has always been a favorite of mine and this museum has more of his work than anywhere else inthe world. In books, some of Magritte's work looks uber realistic and some of his work looks almost crude in comparison.What i discovered here is that it is almost impossible for a photo to convey the realism of his work. I was in awe as I traipsed from room to room. Fromt his sectionof the museum we went to the modern section, where again I was pleasantly pleased by the range of styles and artists they had. And then from there to the older work -the Medieval period forward. As an art history teacher I was surprised by everything this museum has...so many biggies..so many exquisite works!
This museum was great for the occasional museum go-er and for the art connoisseur.
I had spent the previous few days in Amsterdam , touring art museums and being disappointed by how little I actually saw. This museum was the highight of my trip!

Visited November 2010
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“A hidden gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2011

It takes a bit of walking to get to this museum, in the Ixelles quarter of Brussels, but it's a very pleasant neighborhood and its quiet charm makes a nice change from the bustle of the Grand Place. We were possibly the only visitors to the museum for most of our time there, which was spent admiring Belgian and other European artists of the 20th centuries and earlier whom we knew little about.

Our favourite section was the rooms devoted to late 19th and early 20th century posters - as well as a roomful of Toulouse-Lautrecs, there are several by Mucha (absolutely splendid) and others unknown to us, but equally inspiring and beautiful.

This museum is small and not very flashy, but very charming indeed, and we encourage you to visit it if you're in the mood for something a bit different - and fantastic posters!

Visited April 2011
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