Magritte exhibition opening in Chicago

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René Magritte, the provocative Belgian Surrealist who set out to create works that would “challenge the real world” by making “everyday objects shriek out loud,” is the focus of a major exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago

Called “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938” the show opens June 24, 2014 and runs through October 13, 2014.

The period of 1926–1938 was Magritte’s most prolific. It was a time of bold experimentation that cemented his reputation as a leading Surrealist painter.

Magritte’s innovative image-making tactics during these essential years include doubling, displacement, transformation, the “misnaming” of objects, metamorphosis, and the representation of visions seen in half-waking states. 

The exhibition encompasses approximately 118 paintings, collages, and objects, including a selection of photographs, periodicals, and Magritte’s early work in the field of advertising. 

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Credits:

1. Photographer unknown. René Magritte and Le Masque vide (The Empty Mask), 1928. Gelatin silver print; 17.8 × 24 cm (7 × 9 7/16 in.). Private collection, Belgium. © Charly Herscovici – ADAGP – ARS, 2014

2. Photographer unknown. René Magritte and Le Barbare (The Barbarian), 1938. Gelatin silver print; 18.8 × 25 cm (7 3/8 × 9 7/8 in.). The Baltimore Museum of Art. Purchase with exchange funds from the Edward Joseph Gallagher III Memorial Collection; and partial gift of George H. Dalsheimer, Baltimore (BMA.1988.440). © Charly Herscovici – ADAGP – ARS, 2014

3. René Magritte (Belgian, 1898–1967). The False Mirror (Le Faux Miroir), 1928. Oil on canvas; 54 × 80.9 cm (21 1/4 × 31 7/8 in.). Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. © Charly Herscovici – ADAGP – ARS, 2014

4. René Magritte (Belgian, 1898–1967). The Meaning of Night (Le Sens de la nuit), 1927. Oil on canvas; 139 × 105 cm (54 3/4 × 41 5/16 in.). The Menil Collection, Houston. © Charly Herscovici – ADAGP – ARS, 2014

5. René Magritte (Belgian, 1898–1967). The Menaced Assassin (L’Assassin menacé), 1927. Oil on canvas; 150.4 × 195.2 cm (59 1/4 × 76 7/8 in.). Museum of Modern Art, New York. Kay Sage Tanguy Fund. © Charly Herscovici – ADAGP – ARS, 2014

6. René Magritte (Belgian, 1898–1967). Not to be Reproduced (La Reproduction interdite), 1937. Oil on canvas; 81 × 65 cm (31 7/8 × 25 9/16 in.). Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam. © Charly Herscovici – ADAGP – ARS, 2014

7. René Magritte (Belgian, 1898–1967). Painted Object: Eye (Objet peint: Œil), 1932/35. Oil on panel glued to wooden base; 27 × 24.8 × 14.4 cm (10 5/8 × 9 3/4 × 5 11/16 in.). The Art Institute of Chicago, through prior gift of Arthur Keating, 1989.53. © Charly Herscovici – ADAGP – ARS, 2014

8. René Magritte (Belgian, 1898–1967). The Secret Double (Le Double secret), 1927. Oil on canvas; 114 × 162 cm (44 7/8 × 63 3/4 in.). Centre Pompidou, Paris. Musée national d’art moderne/Centre de création industrielle. Purchase. © Charly Herscovici – ADAGP – ARS, 2014

9. René Magritte (Belgian, 1898–1967). The Secret Player (Le Joueur secret), 1927. Oil on canvas; 152 × 195 cm (59 13/16 × 76 3/4 in.). Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Belgium, Brussels. © Charly Herscovici – ADAGP – ARS, 2014

10. René Magritte (Belgian, 1898–1967). The Healer (Le Thérapeute), 1937. Oil on canvas; 92 × 65 cm (36 1/4 × 25 9/16 in.). Private collection. © Charly Herscovici – ADAGP – ARS, 2014

11. René Magritte (Belgian, 1898–1967). The Lovers (Les Amants), 1928. Oil on canvas; 54 × 73.4 cm (21 3/8 × 28 7/8 in.). Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Richard S. Zeisler. © Charly Herscovici – ADAGP – ARS, 2014

12. René Magritte (Belgian, 1898–1967). On the Threshold of Liberty (Au seuil de la liberté), 1937. Oil on canvas; 238.8 × 185.4 cm (94 × 73 in.). The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Mary and Leigh Block, 1988.141.10. © Charly Herscovici – ADAGP – ARS, 2014

13. René Magritte (Belgian, 1898–1967). The Treachery of Images (La Trahison des images), 1929. Oil on canvas; 60 × 81 cm (23 5/8 × 31 7/8 in.). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles. Purchased with funds provided by the Mr. and Mrs. William Preston Harrison Collection. © Charly Herscovici – ADAGP – ARS, 2014

14. René Magritte (Belgian, 1898–1967). The Use of Speech (L’usage de la parole), 1928. Oil on canvas; 73 × 54 cm (28 3/4 × 21 1/4 in.). Private collection, Los Angeles. © Charly Herscovici – ADAGP – ARS, 2014

15. René Magritte (Belgian, 1898–1967). The White Race (La Race blanche), 1937. Oil on canvas; 81 × 60 cm (31 7/8 × 23 5/8 in.). The Art Institute of Chicago, promised gift of Ruth Horwich. © Charly Herscovici – ADAGP – ARS, 2014

16. René Magritte (Belgian, 1898–1967). Youth Illustrated (La Jeunesse illustrée), 1937. Oil on canvas; 183 × 136 cm (72 1/16 × 53 9/16 in.). Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam. © Charly Herscovici – ADAGP – ARS, 2014

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