Exhibition: Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938

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Sep 28, 2013 to Jan 12, 2014


Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938 at the Museum of Modern Art, focuses on the breakthrough Surrealist years of René Magritte, creator of some of the 20th century’s most extraordinary images. Beginning in 1926, when Magritte first aimed to create paintings that would, in his words, “challenge the real world,” and concluding in 1938—a historically and biographically significant moment just before the outbreak of World War II—the exhibition traces central strategies and themes from the most inventive and experimental period in the artist’s prolific career. Displacement, transformation, metamorphosis, the “misnaming” of objects, and the representation of visions seen in half-waking states are among Magritte’s innovative image-making tactics during these essential years. Bringing together some 80 paintings, collages, and objects, along with a selection of photographs, periodicals, and early commercial work, this exhibition offers fresh insight into Magritte’s identity as a modern painter and Surrealist artist.

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Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY
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