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Amigo does René Magritte proud

September 6, 2009

By Dian Hasan | September 6, 2009

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With a spanking new Museum dedicated to celebrating the work of Belgian surrealist painter neighbor René Magritte, as its neighbor, Hotel Amigo, has its expectation worked out for it from the start. And deliver, it does. With aplomb.

Nothing surrealistic about the interior, done with excellent taste, and borrowing just enough color from René Magritte’s paintings to create a haven of a classic contemporary look that is done just right.


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René Magritte: "Collective Invention", 1934. Oil on canvas. Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany.

René Magritte: "Collective Invention", 1934. Oil on canvas. Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany.

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Hotel Amigo, Brussels. Photo: Herbert Ypma

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As such Hotel Amigo is decorated with a keen eye towards the dynamic color and clever line that makes Magritte’s work so appealing.

Junio Suite, Hotel Amigo, Brussels

Junio Suite, Hotel Amigo, Brussels

Designer Olga Polizzi created the interiors after exploring the myriad of outstanding interior design, furniture, antique shops and markets in Brussels – a city that boasts some of the best art galleries and museums in Europe.

Herge's "Tin Tin" is inseparable from Brussels

Herge's "Tin Tin" is inseparable from Brussels

René Magritte: "La Durée Poignardée," 1938. Oil on canvas. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

As the daughter of late hotel magnate Lord Forte and sister of the international hotelier Sir Rocco Forte who owns and operates the hotel – one can imagine she had free creative reign in the creation of each nook and cranny.
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"Gonconda," 1953. Oil on canvas. The Menil Collection, Houston, TX, USA

René Magritte: "Gonconda," 1953. Oil on canvas. The Menil Collection, Houston, TX, USA

In celebration of the Magritte Museum opening, Hotel Amigo is honoring the artist with a package that includes tickets to the museum, a copy of the exhibition book, a special “Magritte” edition of Wittamer chocolates, shuttle service between the hotel and the museum, as well as a welcome cocktail at the Amigo Bar and a buffet breakfast, including homemade pastries and Belgian waffles. Package rates start at $389 (293 euros) per room, per night (based on two person occupancy).
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