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In 2024, Surrealism, the art movement that delved into dreams and the subconscious, celebrates its 100th anniversary. The Brussels Art Fair (BRAFA), known for showcasing diverse artistic eras, dedicates its 69th edition to this milestone.

The Brussels Expo, from Jan. 28 to Feb. 4, serves as a tribute to Surrealism’s lasting influence. André Breton’s groundbreaking “Surrealist Manifesto” and René Magritte’s enigmatic “Le Palais de Rideaux” from 1928 are among the highlights, showcasing the movement’s enduring appeal.

Belgian Surrealist René Magritte’s presence is strongly felt with his “Le Palais de Rideaux” at Galerie de la Béraudière and the 1950 drawing “La Légende des Siècles”, underscoring the depth of Surrealism in his work.

Giorgio de Chirico’s “Piazza d’Italia con Arianna” and other works represent surreal dreamscapes that have long captivated audiences. Léon Tutundjian’s blend of Surrealism and Cubism, displayed at Marseille’s Galerie Alexis Pentcheff, highlights the movement’s artistic dialogues.

The fair also honors Paul Delvaux, a central Surrealist figure, with 15 paintings from the 1930s to 1960s at the Paul Delvaux Foundation exhibit. His “La Ville Lunaire” from 1944 and “La Fin du Voyage” from 1968 are key pieces, illustrating his significant impact.

Contemporary artists, including Sean Landers and Emily Mae Smith, showcased by Brussels gallery Rodolphe Janssen, demonstrate Surrealism’s influence on modern creativity. Martin Margiela’s works at Bernier/Eliades Gallery showcase the movement’s impact across disciplines.

In addition, the fair includes works by Lavinia Fontana, a trailblazing female Mannerist artist, and Cornélis van Cleve’s “Adoration des Mages”, highlighting Belgium’s rich art history.

BRAFA 2024 not only commemorates Surrealism’s centenary but also reaffirms its timeless relevance. From historical masterpieces to contemporary interpretations, the fair encapsulates a movement that continues to challenge and inspire.


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