Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938 - the exhibition catalogue from MoMA/Art Institute of Chicago available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938

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'Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938" focuses on the years when Belgian artists produced some of his most important Surrealist paintings. Highlights include The Menaced Assassin (1927), a macabre scene of lust and murder that blurs dream states and reality.' - Art in America

A handsome book all about the breakthrough surrealist years of René Magritte 

Published in conjunction with a major exhibition organised by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in collaboration with the Menil Collection, Houston, and the Art Institute of Chicago, Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938 focuses on the breakthrough surrealist years of René Magritte. 

Bringing together nearly 80 paintings, periodicals and early commercial work, it offers fresh insight into Magritte's identity as a revolutionary painter and surrealist artist. The book is organised into segments based on the artist's physical location--from Brussels to Paris, back to Brussels, and finally to London, where he completed commissions for Edward James. Contributors focus on Magritte's development of specific techniques to make ordinary objects seem unfamiliar. These included recontextualisation (placing an object into a location where it would not normally be found), metamorphosis (the visual transformation of one object into another), and deliberate mislabelling.

The publication also presents new research on Magritte's materials and techniques, and an illustrated chronology outlining significant moments in the artists life during this significant period, including travel, connections with other surrealist artists and writers, contributions to journals, and important exhibitions and reviews.

  • Author: Anne Umland, Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art
  • Hardcover: 256 pages | 194 colour and 58 black and white illustrations
  • Date published: September 2013
  • Language: English
  • ISBN:  978-0870708657
  • Product Dimensions: 27.3 x 22.9 x 2.5 cm