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Of worlds lost & friends forgotten

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Back in 2007, when a wing of the Brussels' museum of fine arts was being renovated to host the Magritte collection, the façade was covered with a tarpaulin with a print of the 1954 version of his most famous painting: "The empire of lights".

 

Magritte died in 1967, and the 50 years since have swept away every remnant of the secluded world that spawned him, and by extension, his work.

 

True, those worlds are now lost forever, but when I concentrate hard, I can imagine hearing echoes of friends I have forgotten, or perhaps, never even knew at all.

 

January 7, 2008. Back then, a wing of the Brussels' Museum of Fine Arts was being renovated to house the Magritte collection. The façade was covered with a tarpaulin imprinted with the 1954 version of his most famous painting: "The empire of lights". True to his cherished simultaneity of day and night, the photo was taken sometime during the afternoon, while the streetlights were later, virtually, lit.

 

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Taken on July 1, 2008