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Magritte at MoMA

Magritte at MOMAOne of the most popular and iconic surrealistic artists was René Magritte, and his work will be on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City beginning this fall and run through January 12, 2014.  The exhibit, entitled: Magritte: The Mystery Of The Ordinary, 1926–1938, will showcase some of his most famous and sometimes surreal work that will dazzle and inspire.  Margritte was the type of artist who could paint a smoking pipe and puzzle the public as to its meaning behind the picture.

This new exhibit, which showcases the evolution of René Magritte’s work from 1926 to 1938,  displays “…an intensely innovative period in which he developed key strategies and techniques to de-familiarize the familiar—to make, in his words, ‘everyday objects shriek out loud.’ During this time the artist was closely aligned with the Surrealist movement, and his uncanny depictions of ordinary objects constituted an important new direction in Surrealist art,” according to museum officials.

The exhibit lets visitors first view the collages that Margritte created in Brussels in the 1920s and then the exhibition highlights his magnificent works he created in Paris, a city credited for launching the Surrealist movement.  According to museum officials, “Like all of the artists and poets associated with the Surrealist movement, Magritte sought to overthrow what he saw as the oppressive rationalism of bourgeois society. His art during these essential years is at times violent, frequently disturbing, and often filled with discontinuities.”

Visitors will be treated to iconic works created in Paris such as The Lovers (1928) and The Treachery of Images (1929).

Margritte returned to Brussells in the early 1930s during the Great Depression and created work that reflected the desperation and fear of the era.  His pieces during that part of his life included The Eternally Obvious (1930) where “Magritte divides the female body into five framed and isolated sections. The Eternally Obvious is one of three unusual multipart “toiles découpés” (“cut-up paintings”) that Magritte created …” notes MoMA officials.

Guests to this venerable NYC museum will also be treated to the remarkable The Human Condition (1933) which brings together two of Magritte’s favorite themes: the “window painting” and the “painting within a painting,”  museum curators note. “On a standing easel in front of a window, a trompe l’oeil landscape painting on an unframed canvas merges almost seamlessly with the view outside,” says MoMA curators.

The Magritte: The Mystery Of The Ordinary, 1926–1938 exhibition runs at MoMA from September 28, 2013, to January 12, 2014 and for more information, you can check out the museum website, as well as
Image Credit: René Magritte. The Menaced Assassin. Brussels, 1927. Oil on canvas, 59 1/4″ x 6′ 4 7/8″ (150.4 x 195.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art. Kay Sage Tanguy Fund. © 2013 Charly Herscovici, Brussels/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York