On the occasion of the exhibition “Fantastically real. Belgian Modern Art from Ensor to Magritte” the catalogue presents masterpieces of Belgian modernism created between 1860 and 1960, most of which come from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. The art of this period constantly explored the boundaries between fantasy and reality. The focus was on the simple reality of everyday life as well as on the secrets and mysteries beyond the visible. The path of Belgian art led from realistic scenes from the lives of ordinary people and atmospheric landscapes to the fantastic masquerades of James Ensor and the surreal worlds of Paul Delvaux and René Magritte. In addition to such big names, numerous painters who are hardly known in Germany, such as Eugène Laermans, Constant Permeke or Rik Wouters, can be discovered among the approximately 40 artists assembled.
Edited by Roger Diederen, Nerina Santorius (Kunsthalle Munich), Herwig Todts (KMSKA).
248 pages, 203 colour illustrations, 29,5 x 24,5 cm, hardcover. Published in October 2021 by Sandstein and is available in german Language.
Price at the Kunsthalle: €32