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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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The Fantastic Art Centre is a non profit research project founded by Christian De Boeck in 1977. The Honorary Patron Emeritus is Prof. Ernst Fuchs. Other Honorary Patrons include Brigid Marlin, Prof. Philip Rubinov-Jacobson, Alex Grey, Michael Messner, Roman Hocke, Robert Venosa, Mati Klarwein, Odd Nerdrum, and Prof. Werner Tübke.

The aim, mission and purpose of the Fantastic Art Centre are as follows:

  1. To be the definitive internationally recognised information database/resource on fantastic/surreal/visionary art. The database will eventually contain documentation on some 4000+ artists from the Renaissance to the present, whose work merits their inclusion.
  2. To publish a comprehensive book on fantastic art, which will include an exhaustive dictionary of artists, including a concise bio- and complete biblio-/filmography.
  3. To collect books, exhibition catalogues, press cuttings, photographs and slides of artwork, CD ROMs, video tapes, posters, reproductions, printed ephemera, etc. on all the artists from the Renaissance to the present who have worked in the fantastic/surreal/visionary vein.
  4. To establish a network of artists, collectors, art dealers, museums, publishers, etc. in order to promote all aspects of fantastic/surreal/visionary art.
  5. To facilitate and organise exhibitions, seminars and conferences.

All the material in the centre’s archives will eventually be donated to the Museum of Fantastic Art (in planning) or the Ernst Fuchs Museum in Vienna.

The Fantastic Art Centre is affiliated with The Museum of Fantastic Art (Vienna, Austria/Sedona, U.S.A.), Centre International de l'Actualité Fantastique et Magique (CIAFMA) (Brussels, Belgium), The Society for the Art of Imagination (Berkhampstead, Herts, UK), Labyrinthe Informationsdienst für Phantastische und Visionäre Künste (Rome, Italy), Zentrums der Phantastischen und Visionären Künste (Bonn, Germany), International Bureau of Recordist Investigation (IBRI) (Toronto, Canada), The Boston Visionary Cell (Boston, U.S.A.), Art Visionary magazine (Melbourne, Australia).

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