New MoMA Exhibition Showcases Rene Magritte’s Surrealist Work


Beginning on Sept. 28, art lovers will have the opportunity to see a different side of acclaimed painter Rene Magritte. Though the Belgian artist is best known for capturing mysterious landscapes and cheery blue skies, a new exhibition at MoMA will explore his surrealist masterpieces.

Entitled “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938,” the exhibit will feature several paintings, collages, objects, photographs, periodicals, and early commercial work created by Magritte during his 13 years in Brussels and Paris. This exhibition marks the first major show of Magritte’s works in NYC for more than a generation.

“During these years, he is such a player in surrealist art in terms of rethinking the way that images can make the world strange to us,” Anne Umland, the show’s curator, told Reuters. “For me, that is the beginning of the way Magritte has this ability to create pictures in which you can identify every part, and yet, they don’t have any coherent, logical narrative.”

The impressive collection will be on display until Jan. 12.