My friend contemporary art dealer France Lejeune has just opened a ground-breaking retrospective on the Belgium surrealist Marcel Mariën, ironically titled "Marcel Mariën: 'Ne faites pas attention a la photographie.'" Particularly because the show is primarily focused on Mariën's photography. The show will run until April 15th. Opening hours are from 2 pm until 6 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and by appointment.
The show takes place on the ground floor of an old bourgeois house, in Mechelen, Belgium. The house is an apartment with 1950s and 60s wallpaper and old chimneys like Mariën's own house used to look like. The address is Koningin Astridlaan 100, 2800 Mechelen. Phone: +32-485-43-23-27. France's website with more details is at http://www.francelejeune.com/ .
A beautifully illustrated 64-page catalogue on the show with an extensive biography on this important figure, who was a friend of Rene Magritte and many of the other key surrealist figures of the day, is available at the France Lejeune Gallery and through Contemporary Works/Vintage Works (firstname.lastname@example.org and phone 1-215-822-5662) for $25.
To see more of his work at I Photo Central and read his biographical details go to: http://www.iphotocentral.com/showcase/showcase_view.php/104/1/1 , and to see a more extensive group of his photographs (many more will be posted over the next month) go to: http://www.iphotocentral.com/search/result_list.php/256/Marcel+Marien .