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Until Sun 09 February

Dotremont and the Surrealists. A young man in wartime (1940-1948)

BELvue museum
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Dotremont et les surréalistes. Une jeunesse en guerre (1940-1948)


Christian Dotremont, founder of the post-war Cobra art movement and creator of ‘logograms’, began his career on the eve of the Second World War. At the age of seventeen, he became a member of the Brussels Surrealists, led by René Magritte. The Occupation, into which they were plunged shortly after the start of the war, meant that those surrealists who had not fled into exile struggled to continue their artistic activities. Dotremont was in the forefront of these efforts and a desire to resist through poetic means was mixed with an ambition to make his mark artistically. Following the Liberation, Dotremont withdrew from the movement of his elders and created his own more politically engaged vision of Surrealism, before founding Cobra.
Through the works of Dotremont and other surrealists of the period, as well as through films, magazines and photographs, this exhibition recounts the troubled and little known history of Brussels Surrealism. The exhibition is an initiative of the King Baudouin Foundation as part of the Christian Dotremont Fund donation and is curated by Marie Godet.

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Free audio-guide (FR/ NL/ ENG) available on your smart phone (
Group visits: please book in advance
Guided tours: available through our partner guide associations
An accompanying publication (in FR-NL) will be on sale in the museum shop from 25/10/2019.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019 — Sunday, February 9, 2020


BELvue museum

Place des Palais, 7
1000 Brussels

T. +32 2 500 45 54 (Information)

T. +32 2 500 45 54 (Booking)


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Date and time

Monday Closed
Tuesday from 09:30 to 17:00
Wednesday from 09:30 to 17:00
Thursday from 09:30 to 17:00
Friday from 09:30 to 17:00
Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00
Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00


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