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MoMA | Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938

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Major Exhibition at MoMA – Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938

“Surrealism claims for our waking life a freedom similar to that which we have in our dreams.” — René Magritte

This exhibition, co-organized by The Museum of Modern Art, The Menil Collection, Houston, and The Art Institute of Chicago, is the first to focus exclusively on the breakthrough Surrealist years of René Magritte, creator of some of the 20th century’s most extraordinary images. It brings together some 80 paintings, collages, and objects, along with a selection of photographs, periodicals, and early commercial work, the exhibition offers fresh insight into Magritte’s identity as a modern painter and Surrealist artist. Read more

Here’s a terrific New York Times Art Review by Holland Cotter: 

There’s More than Meets the Eye – Oh, no, I thought when I heard that the Museum of Modern Art’s big fall show was a René Magritte survey. Dozens of under sung modernist painters, many of them women, on at least five continents, have never had a New York moment, and here we’re getting an artist we practically can’t avoid. The pipe; the giant eye;  the choo-choo in the fireplace.

As it turns out, “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938,” is good solid fun, because Magritte is solid and fun. There’s no mystery about why he’s so popular. His paint-by-numbers illustrational mode reads loud and clear from across a room — a good thing, as the exhibition galleries are sure to be jammed — and reproduces faultlessly, even on a cell phone screenRead the entire review.  

Here’s another great review by John Zeaman posted on

Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938 runs through January 12, 2014 at the  Museum of Modern Art | 11 W. 53rd St. Manhattan | 212-708-9400 or