Magritte Brings Surrealism to Art Institute of Chicago


The Art Institute collaborated on an exhibition called "Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary" with the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. Focusing on his development as a painter, the exhibit looks at Magritte's early works of collage and progresses through the word-paintings that he created in the 1930s.

The dream-like imagery of the paintings is enhanced in Chicago by the dark and moody gallery setting that surrounds it. Images of sexuality and violence share the wall space with mysterious works that seem like puzzles that need to be solved. The exhibition also includes a trio of paintings that were Magritte's first great commission -- and haven't been seen together in 75 years.

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Chicago Tonight spoke with curator Stephanie D'Alessandro and got a tour of this haunting exhibition. We revisit that conversation.

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View a slideshow of the exhibit.

 

 

 

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