Archives

The two archival services of the RMFAB offer researchers unique source material that can be consulted on site. For film-lovers:  the following is a taster of an original film from the hand of Magritte and his entourage.

Archives of Contemporary Art in Belgium 

Surrealism is a major strength of the collection of the Archives of Contemporary Art in Belgium (AACB), an archive and documentation centre of the visual arts in Belgium from the 19th century to the present.

As with the archives of E.L.T. Mesens, Marcel Lecomte, Camille Goemans, Paul Nougé, Louis Scutenaire, etc., the items relating to René Magritte are very diverse: manuscripts, letters, photographs, invitations, small catalogues, leaflets, magazines, press cuttings, etc. These sources by and about Magritte acquire a special meaning when seen together with other archive material belonging to the AACB from dealers, collectors and figures in the cultural world.

The online catalogue ARCHIBALD (in French or in Dutch) contains over 600 documents relating to Magritte. All the documentary photographs are already available for consultation.

  Info AACB  

Institutional Archives

The institutional Archives of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (ARMFAB) form an important addition to the AACB and also contain some archive material relating to Magritte.

Info ARMFAB

Films

After the death Georgette Magritte, the AACB bought a series of amateur films (8 mm and super 8). They were made between 1956 and 1967 and show surrealist scenes enacted by the artist, his family and close friends.