Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938

MagritteRené Magritte, La trahison des images (Ceci n’est pas une pipe) / The Treachery of Images (This is Not a Pipe), 1929

Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938

Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938 is the first major museum exhibition to focus exclusively on the breakthrough surrealist years of the Belgian artist, René Magritte, creator of some of the twentieth century’s most extraordinary images. It will trace significant strategies and themes from a seminal period in the artist’s career, particularly those of displacement, transformation, metamorphosis, and the “misnaming” of objects, as well as the representation of visions seen in half-waking states. It will also consider some of the material issues of Magritte’s art and the relationship of his paintings to his work in other media, based upon first-hand examination by the exhibition’s curators of all included works.

MagritteRené Magritte, Les amants / The Lovers, 1928

The show will open with a series of paintings and works on paper made in Brussels in 1926 and 1927, marking the onset of Magritte’s heightened engagement with the creation of painted images that could, in his words, “challenge the real world”. It will then follow Magritte to Paris, where he met surrealists like André Breton, Paul Éluard, Joan Miró, and Salvador Dalí, and back to Brussels, in 1930, where he continued to paint hallucinatory pictures of exceptionally realistic detail.

MagritteRené Magritte, L’assassin menacé / The Menaced Assassin, 1927

The exhibition will conclude at a historically and biographically significant moment: 1938, just before the outbreak of World War II and the year Magritte delivered his most revealing account of the experience of life and art that made him a surrealist painter. The exhibition will include some eighty paintings, collages and objects, along with a selection of periodicals, photographs, and rare documents. A richly illustrated, scholarly catalogue will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.

MagritteRené Magritte, The false mirror, 1928

The largest privately assembled collection of Magritte works in the world, the Menil Collection is pleased to co-organize Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938 with two outstanding partner venues – the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibition is co-curated by Anne Umland, Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stephanie D’Alessandro, the Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of Modern Art at the Art Institute of Chicago; and Menil Director Josef Helfenstein.

Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938
MOMA, New York
September 28, 2013 – January 12, 2014

more. http://www.moma.org/

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