René Magritte and photography

2012-04-18 - 2012-06-10
Fidelity of images. René Magritte and photography
April 18 – June 10

René Magritte belongs to the best known surrealist artists. Called an “author of words and things”, he painted poetic, atmospheric pictures, where he endowed seemingly ordinary objects with an extraordinary and intriguing aura. The witty and sometimes disturbing images reflected a continuous play with what is real and what is imagined. He had the same approach to photography, which was a less known part of his output.
In the presented cycle of several dozen photographs, taken in 1928–1955 and films, the element of artistic creation is combined with the private, intimate world of the artist and his loved ones. Magritte depicted above all his wife Georgette, his muse and only model, and his friends, the poet Louis Scutenaire, the poet and philosopher Paul Nougé and the writer Irène Hamoir.
The exhibition is prepared with the help of Musée de la Photographie in Charleroi, under the Executive Programme 2011–2013 to the Agreement on cooperation between the Government of Poland and the Government of the French Community in Belgium and the Government of the Walloon Region as well as under the Agreement on cooperation between the Government of Poland and the French CommunityCommission (COCOF) for the Brussels Capital Region.

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