Magritte: Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938

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    Magritte: Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938

    Magritte: 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. 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. 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

    Admission is free.

    Location

    Menil Collection
    1533 Sul Ross Street      
    Houston, TX 77006

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