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(1898 – 1967), Belgium

René Magritte Biography

Regarded as one of the most important artists of the post-war era in Europe, René Magritte was a leading figure in the Surrealist movement. He sought revolution against the rational mind, stating, 'Everything we see hides another thing; we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.' Widely recognised for his stunning, and often haunting paintings which juxtapose common objects within dream-like scenarios, Magritte was a master provocateur. Revisiting motifs of cloth-covered figures, objects in flight, and concealed identity have become a well-known hallmark of his distinct sensibility, often signaling back to trauma of the artist’s past. His Surrealist masterpieces tantalise and distort reality, evoking a singular sense of mystery within the viewer. Magritte's approach to painting and sculpture avoided stylistic distractions of modern art making. His recently discovered films and photographs reveal how he used these art forms to explore the bounds of his imagination. His photographs and films were the subject of a major exhibition, René Magritte: The Revealing Image, Photos and Films recently at the Latrobe Gallery, Victoria, Australia, (August 19–November 19, 2017).

René Magritte Featured Artworks

The Rape by René Magritte contemporary artwork
René MagritteThe Rape, 1942Gouache on paper
30.3 x 49 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
René Magritte et "La Durée Poignardée" (1938), Bruxelles by René Magritte contemporary artwork
René MagritteRené Magritte et "La Durée Poignardée" (1938), Bruxelles, 1938Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1938
3.5 x 3.5 inches
Bruce Silverstein Contact Gallery
La Trahison des images by René Magritte contemporary artwork
René MagritteLa Trahison des images, 1952Indian ink on paper
19 x 27 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery

René Magritte Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, The Sylvio Perlstein Collection A Luta Continua at Hauser & Wirth, Hong Kong
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23 May–27 July 2019 Group Exhibition The Sylvio Perlstein Collection A Luta Continua Hauser & WirthHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, A Selection of Works from Galerie 1900-2000 at David Zwirner, New York
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12 September–27 October 2018 Group Exhibition A Selection of Works from Galerie 1900-2000 David Zwirner69th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art at David Zwirner, New York
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12 September–27 October 2018 Group Exhibition Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art David Zwirner20th Street, New York

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René Magritte In Video & Audio

A Luta Continua. The Sylvio Perlstein Collection Related Video & Audio A Luta Continua. The Sylvio Perlstein Collection 8 May 2018, Hauser & Wirth

Unfolding across all three floors of Hauser & Wirth New York, 22 nd Street, A Luta Continua is the first United States presentation of the Sylvio Perlstein Collection. Curated by David Rosenberg, the exhibition presents more than 360 works by some 250 artists. Among these are Josef Albers, Carl Andre, Diane Arbus, Hans Bellmer, André...

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