The Fondation Magritte, established by Charly Herscovici and a number of others who appreciate the work of René Magritte, came into being on 5 February 1998 in Brussels. It is a non-profit-making organisation whose aim is to safeguard the oeuvre and reputation of René Magritte. It monitors the presence of both the artist and his work throughout Belgium and the rest of the world.
The Magritte Foundation is involved in mounting many exhibitions throughout the world. In 1998 it supported the impressive retrospective to mark the centenary of René Magritte’s birth staged by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.
Since that time it has supported several major exhibitions, including those of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen (August-November 1999), the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh (December 1999-March 2000) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (May-September 2000).
In Rome 2001, the Magritte Foundation took on total responsibility for an exhibition of the painter’s work for the first time. Since then the Foundation has sought to bring the benefits of its experience to the creation of exhibitions at Knokke (June – September 2001), in Japan (2002), at the Jeu de Paume in Paris (2003), at the Beyeler Foundation in Basel (2005).
In 2005 the first major retrospective of Magritte’s photographic work will open in Brussels (Palais des Beaux-Arts). After this the exhibition will go on tour in Paris (Maison Européenne de la Photographie (2006). Since 2006, the Magritte Foundation continues to promote René Magritte’s art throughout exhibitions all around the world.