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‘René Magritte: The Fifth Season’ at SFMOMA

“The Enchanted Domain I,” 1953, René Magritte Oil on canvas
(Würth Collection, Künzelsau, Germany; © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) in its upcoming exhibition “Rene Magritte: The Fifth Season” will explore the late career of the extraordinary Surrealist artist, examining his most important body of work from the 1940s through the 1960s — a period of remarkable transformation and revitalization for the artist.

Rene Magritte (1898–1967) was one of the most intriguing painters associated with Surrealism. “With loans from North and South America, Europe and Asia, it is the most complete presentation of Magritte’s late work mounted since the artist’s death in 1967. With more than 20 artworks being shown for the first time in a US museum, and the first concentrated examination of Magritte’s sunlit Surrealism and gouaches in this country, it marks a major milestone in the artist’s exhibition history,” says the museum.

“Magritte’s paintings opened up whole fields of inquiry that are still being explored by artists today,” said Caitlin Haskell, associate curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA and curator of “Rene Magritte: The Fifth Season.” “My hope is that those who don’t yet know Magritte will visit and encounter a painter who inspires them to question their surroundings; while those who are familiar with his work will be able to discover new sides of a supremely fascinating artist, who understood that the insights we find in paintings can affect how we see the world.”

Rene Magritte: The Fifth Season” features more than 70 artworks, spread over nine immersive, thematic galleries. The exhibition explores how Magritte balanced irony and conviction, philosophy and fantasy to illuminate the gaps between what is seen and what is known. The selected works on display reveal Magritte as an artist acutely attuned to the paradoxes at work within reality and an enduring champion of the role of mystery in life and art.

The exhibition will be on view from May 19 through October 28, 2018, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide-venues/284580/museum-overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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