Museum of Modern Art : Michelin's recommendations
This fine museum was inaugurated in 1984 and is made up of two parts - the neo-Classical building on Place Royale, which houses painting and sculpture from the 19C, and the underground section of the building on Place du Musée, which houses the 20C collections. The 19C collection is devoted to neo-Classicism (JL David, Marat Assassiné), Romanticism, Realism and Symbolism. You will also see works by French Impressionists and neo-Impressionists (Gauguin, Bonnard, Vuillard, Seurat) and see The Thinker by Rodin. A large space is given over to the Flemish artist James Ensor (A Colourist), who symbolises the transition from the 19C to the 20C. In the section devoted to the 20C, you can see sculptures by Georges Segal, works by Anselm Kiefer (Berenice), Henry Moore, Pol Bury, Nam June Paik, Sam Francis, Claes Oldenburg and Francis Bacon. Some levels represent the Fauvist and Expressionist trends, young Belgian painting, the COBRA and Surrealist movements and the Groupe Zéro. You will also see work by Rik Wouters (The Flautist), Léon Spilliaert ( The Dyke) and representatives of te second school of Laethem-St-Martin (Permeke, G De Smet and F Van den Berghe). Two rooms are devoted to Delvaux (Pygmalion) and Magritte (The Empire of Light), which shows the importance Surrealism had in Belgium. You will also see works by Miro, Max Ernst, Paul Klee and Marcel Broodthaers.
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