Temporary exhibition on 2 floors / temporary exhibition Spheres (levels 3 & 4)

>>> 21.09.2017 - 09.09.2018

This exhibition specifically designed for the 60th anniversary of the Atomium launches the visitor into the magical world of René Magritte and the surrealism. Two Belgian icons meet!
First, visitors will literally enter in the Surrealist universe of René Magritte.
Some works will be presented in 3D in actual size, as elements forming part of the exhibition scenography, and visitors will walk through the set like characters in a play, soaking up the atmosphere.
This will bring them face to face with the key elements in Magritte’s paintings: they will be able to linger awhile among the clouds, the famous birds will be suspended above their heads, and they will have green apples to use as seats. The visitor discovers the secret messages hidden in his paintings, explores the extraordinary and captivating settings depicted in his masterpieces. 
Music to suit the setting and theatrical lighting will provide the finishing touches to the overall ambience.
Secondly, the exhibition will feature memorable quotes by Magritte – in relation to his art and to Surrealism – as well as screenings of a range of his paintings, illustrating other elements of his artistic realm. The exhibition acquaints visitors with the world of René Magritte and, in this way, introduces them to Surrealism.
Though this twofold approach, an all-sensory experience and a more intellectual one, these artistic works of genius become accessible to anyone.


Eugène Ysaye [Six Sonatas for Violin] - Olga Guy
Concert within the scope of the exhibition MAGRITTE.

Often described as spiritual his music touches the senses deeply and stirs its listeners with its honesty and instincitiveness. Although featuring violence, the music itself is optimistic, positive and constructive.
Each extract will be explained and illustrated by works of the surrealist Belgian painter René Magritte (1898 – 1967).

> Day: 09.09.2018
> Time: 3pm

> Program:

• Sonate I (Grave, Fugato)

• Sonate II (Obsession)

• Sonate III (Ballad)

• Sonate IV (German, Finale)

• Sonate V (Sunrise)

• Sonate VI (Spanish)


> Tickets online





Practical information


This exhibition is situated on levels 3 & 4 of the Atomium (temporary exhibition Sphere).

>>> from September 21st 2017 till September 09th 2018


Opening times

Daily, from 10am till 6pm (closure ticket office at 5.30pm)


Entrance fees

The access to the temporary exhibition is part of the visit of the Atomium and as a consequence there will be no extra costs.

> see entrance fees of the Atomium


Partnerschip Tickets
  • René Magritte Museum [Jette]
> Show your René Magritte Museum entrance ticket at the Atomium cash desk and receive a reduction of €2.
 Your Atomium ticket also entitles you at René Magritte Museum to receive a reduction of €2.
  • Musée Magritte Museum [Brussels]
> Show your Musée Magritte Museum entrance ticket at the Atomium cash desk and receive a reduction of €2.
 Your Atomium ticket also entitles you at Musée Magritte Museum to receive a reduction of €2.


For any group of more than 20 people, whether you would like a guided tour or not, please let us know that you’re coming at least 3 weeks before your visit.
> Rukiye Yildiz / rukiye yildiz atomium be / +32 (0)2 475 47 67
Guided tours 
Guided tours (for groups of between 1 and 25 people) are organised every day, but booking is essential.


How to reach us

> different packages, as well as combined tickets (transport / entrance) offer you an easy way to reach the Atomium


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Photos : press and media are kindly invited to send an email to our communications department to obtain login and password to download the high resolution photos on this page [ZIP - file].


Press release: download it here [PDF]



> project coordinator : Arnaud Bozzini / arnaud.bozzini@atomium.be



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