Rene Magritte in SFMOMA

Rene Magritte, a great creator of mysteries and paradoxes, an outstanding illusionist and surrealist in art painting, exquisite Belgian artist of XX century, is shown in his paintings of mature and late art period (1943-1967) in Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. Personal exhibition of his art works “The Fifth Season” (the title of one picture) is opened for visitors from 19th of May till 28th of October 2018. 

René Magritte Le fils de l'homme (The Son of Man) 1964 oil on canvas 45 1/2 x 35 in. (115.6 x 88.9 cm) Private Collection © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

René Magritte Le fils de l'homme (The Son of Man) 1964 oil on canvas 45 1/2 x 35 in. (115.6 x 88.9 cm) Private Collection © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Rene Magritte’s paintings were presented in SFMOMA by European and Asian museums, Museums by Northern and Southern America and first time devoted to broad presentation of realistic surrealism of Rene Magritte.

 René Magritte Les promenades d’Euclide (Where Euclid Walked) 1955 oil on canvas 63 3/4 x 51 3/16 in. (162 x 130 cm) Minneapolis Institute of Art, The William Hood Dunwoody Fund; © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

René Magritte Les promenades d’Euclide (Where Euclid Walked) 1955 oil on canvas 63 3/4 x 51 3/16 in. (162 x 130 cm) Minneapolis Institute of Art, The William Hood Dunwoody Fund; © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The artist painted phenomena, objects and creatures in a realistic manner, which either did not exist in nature, or were modified, or they are depicted functioning and performing actions that they could not perform according to the laws of nature known to us.

René Magritte, The Dominion of Light, 1950; oil on canvas; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, gift of D. and J. de Menil; © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 

René Magritte, The Dominion of Light, 1950; oil on canvas; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, gift of D. and J. de Menil; © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 

Rene Magritte's exhibition is designed as an interpretative and interactive gallery in cooperation with the design company - global design and strategy firm frog.

René Magritte, The Great Family, 1963; oil on canvas; Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Japan; © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

René Magritte, The Great Family, 1963; oil on canvas; Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Japan; © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Rene Magritte's paintings reflect one of his main ideas, which he expressed in an interview given in 1965 – “Everything we see hides another thing. We always want to see what is hidden by what we see, but it is impossible.”

René Magritte, The Fifth Season, 1943; oil on canvas; Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique; © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 

René Magritte, The Fifth Season, 1943; oil on canvas; Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique; © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

SFMOMA creative team and frog gives viewers the opportunity to explore the themes of Magritte's paintings in a series of enlarged and interactive windows at the exhibition. Some of them are made as digital windows, in which the reflections of the audience do not move as usual. In others, the presence of spectators in front of the windows opens the portal to another reality. It’s an experiment with three-dimensional reality, which allows you to better understand better Magritte’s creativity.

René Magritte, Personal Values, 1952; oil on canvas; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, purchase through a gift of Phyllis C. Wattis; © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

René Magritte, Personal Values, 1952; oil on canvas; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, purchase through a gift of Phyllis C. Wattis; © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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