Hello! Our team is busy finalising preparations for our summer exhibition René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle, which opens at Tate Liverpool on 24 June.

Magritte Welcome Tate Liverpool Director Dr. Christoph Grunenberg and Curator Darren Pih

Co-curators of René Magritte – Director of Tate Liverpool, Dr Christoph Grunenberg and Darren Pih Exhibitions and Displays Curator with Magritte’s The Future of Statues 1937

© Charly Herscovici, Brussels, 2011

In case you don’t know, Magritte was a Belgian Surrealist painter known for his mysterious imagery which combines the banal with the strange for disturbing effect. His work conjures improbable worlds - gigantic room-filling apples, a rain of ‘anonymous’ bowler-hatted men, paintings visualising paradoxical realities where night coincides with day.

Magritte Welcome Golconda

René Magritte, Golconda 1953 (detail)

The Menil Collection, Houston
© Charly Herscovici, Brussels – 2011

So what do we know about Magritte? He was something of an enigma - a painter who described the act of painting as ‘boring’. He was a man of routine whose life was ordered by the watch. One collector we met who knew Magritte described him as a man of few words, a ‘simple man’. Yet as our exhibition shows, he was a profoundly serious man, his imagery confounding and mesmerising in its complexity. His poetic imaginings aimed to revolutionise our conception of everyday reality.

Magritte Welcome Magritte Photo

The man himself: René Magritte

Having spent two years living with Magritte’s work, we think there’s still much to discover about this fascinating artist. He has certainly influenced generations of artists and his work is more relevant than ever. In fact, his imagery has become part of a shared visual consciousness, informing the language of film and popular culture. Our exhibition aims to provide a fresh look at Magritte- going beyond the surface, beyond popular conceptions of the artist. We’re presenting the works thematically, emphasising Magritte’s main artistic preoccupations and compositional approaches. We’re delighted to have secured the loan of so many stunning paintings - including some absolute icons. These will be brought together with a rich selection of his little-known photographs, home movies and commercial art, shedding fresh light on his life and work.

We’ll be blogging regularly during the exhibition along with other members of the Tate Liverpool team who have also worked on René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle. We’d love to know what you think about our exhibition, and hope you can contribute to the blogs being posted to accompany the exhibition.

Comments

CJ Read-Jones

Quite obviously his mind was in the clouds & wasn't on his work the day he created The Future of Statues piece...

Richard Lebus

See #Magritte on Twitter for more messages. Not much there for the mo but it'll grow as the exhibition gets underway.

Darren Pih

Hi Julia. 'Not to be Reproduced' (1937) will unfortunately not feature in our exhibition. However, we will have over 100 paintings, including icons such as 'Time Transfixed' (1938), 'Golconda' (1953) and 'The Lovers' (1928), as well as many works never presented before in the UK. I really hope that these will tempt you to Liverpool to see our exhibition.

Thanks,

Darren

Julia Crawford

My favourite painting is LA REPRODUCTION INTERDIT - will I see it in this exhibition?

Gill Lee

Thank you so much for bringing so much Magritte to our doorstep. But I have to disagree with the man himself; seeing the pictures themselves is very special. The sheer flatness of the paint and the perfect execution are thrilling. I also smiled and laughed a lot.

J Cillian

Yes thanks for the exhibition but as a single parent carer to a teenager with learning disabilities I find £11 each rather pricey for the entry fee ,do you offer any concessions to disabled and carers other than your usual whopping £2 off for concessions, or is decent art just for the rich and privileged in Liverpool
As you can tell I'm rather disappointed as I won't be able to attend at such high prices

jennifer.martin

Admission to Tate Liverpool is free, but we do have to charge for some special exhibitions such as René Magritte. There is a concessionary rate for visitors with a disability, and carers' entrance is free. Therefore you would be entitled to free entry and your son would be entitled to the concessionary rate.

The access needs of everyone are included in Tate's thinking, and details of our access provision and Policy are available on the web site under Access. I hope this will make it feasible for you to visit the Magritte exhibition and please do get in touch to book your visit and or you need any other information.

With best wishes

Jennifer Martin