As one of the most important artists of the 20th century, Belgian surrealist René Magritte worked during a seminal period where insurgent worldviews and titillating developments in technology combined to create whole new categories of the arts. Indeed, many of Magritte’s mind-bending compositions would not have been possible without the fledgling craft of photography – his 1936 painting La Clairvoyance, depicting the artist himself painting a canvas, was created by first taking a self-portrait of him during the task.
The Magritte Foundation Belgium has partnered with the ArtisTree art space at Taikoo Place and independent art book publisher Ludion to host René Magritte: The Revealing Image, an expansive exhibition that sheds light on Magritte’s use of the photographic medium. Encompassing 132 original photographs and 8 films shot by the artist, the exhibition has been divided into six sections that offer a glimpse of an informal Magritte, his family and circle of friends, as well as insights into Magritte’s mind through his photographs and home videos that were only discovered in the 1970s, more than ten years after his death.
René Magritte: The Revealing Image is free of charge and will open at ArtisTree from 19 January to 19 February.
Banner image and top image courtesy of Brachot Gallery, Brussels