A portrait of the Belgian artist René Magritte (1898-1967) based on the super-8 and 8mm films he made.

Les vacances de Monsieur MAG
1993, 59'57”, colour and b&w, Dutch spoken.
’Les Vacances de Monsieur MAG’ tracks the development of René Magritte’s body of work, and it also sheds a light on the persona of the artist, as well as on his views on being an artist. The first part, ’Zonder leven, geen kuns’t (’Without life, no art’), mainly focuses on his early work, with examples of the threat of catastrophe and his flight from it, from troubled corporality, from disrupted spaces and interiors. There is a focus on Magritte’s artist’s pose as a citizen-in-a-hat. In the second part, ’Tegendraads en Ondersteboven’ (’Contrary and upside-down’), the disrespectful, playfully sarcastic side of Magritte is exposed, an important aspect of his personality, which reveals itself in the work of the forties (the so-called ‘Renoir’ period and the ‘période vache’). Magritte’s 8mm and Super-8 film material, shot from 1956 onwards and largely spoilt in cutting at the end of his life, was reconstructed for this film. These film shorts and fragments are situated and shown within the context of the overall body of work.

Een weekend met mijnheer Magritte, deel 1 zaterdag
1997, 28'32”, colour and b&w, Dutch spoken.
’A weekend with Monsieur Magritte’ was compiled from fragments of amateur films Magritte made himself on super-8 and 8mm. The first part of this Magritte portrait, is mainly compiled from fragments of staged enactments of situations with, among others, Georgette Magritte, Paul Colinet, Irène Hamoir and Scutenaire, playfully described by the latter as "une histoire érotico-fantastico-iconoclaste".

Een weekend met mijnheer Magritte, deel 2 zondag
1997, 25'58”, colour & b&w, Ductch spoken.
The second part of a Magritte portrait, compiled from fragments of amateur films Magritte made himself on super-8 and 8mm, with home images of his family and circle of friends, outings and holidays.

Dit evenement is onderdeel van Jef Cornelis - A screening series in the Cinematek