A MULTIMEDIA EXHIBITION DEDICATED TO THE BELGIAN ARTIST
Only hi-tech images at Fabbrica del Vapore
HIGH DEFINITION SCREENS
RECONSTRUCT THE LIFE AND WORKS
OF THE MASTER OF SURREALISM
On display there are neither paintings, nor drawings, sculptures, installations and performances, because, today, exhibitions can showcase only images.
In these days, a multimedia exhibition dedicated to René Magritte takes place in Milan.
Mystery, metaphysics, and the systematic pursuit of a poetical effect achieved through visionary images, “are not subjects”, as the artist explained, but “Visible Thoughts,” ideas, “images that come together, that impose themselves upon me”. Often, these are common objects, such as an apple, a pipe, a stone, or a pair of shoes, “except that sometimes the hat is resting on the apple, the bird is made of stone, shoes are feet… and the three-piece suit is really a pleasant valley”.
To reconstruct the life and career of the great master through advanced technologies is certainly an engrossing idea. As soon as he enters the visual room, the observer gets surrounded by an unexpected atmosphere that engages him completely, with screens that reconstruct Magritte’s artistic career, paintings and life all around.
The immersion room is the heart of the exhibition: here, the observer is overwhelmed by hundreds of images that take up the walls, ceiling and floor of the large room seamlessly, making him feel as if he were the main protagonist of the paintings, while men with bowler hats, apples, pipes, rattles, trees, moons and stones rain on him in a dreamlike world.
THERE IS NO BETTER WAY TO LEARN ABOUT
THE BELGIAN ARTIST WHOSE WORKS HOVER
BETWEEN METAPHYSICS, PHYLOSOPHY AND POETRY
There is no better way to understand and learn more about Magritte. In this exhibition, surrealism, metaphysics, philosophy and poetry mix together to answer man’s questions about the precariousness of things and certainties, and the line between real and unreal, as in The Human Condition. In front of this extraordinary painting, which was done in 1933, the bewildered observer, who cannot identify clearly the painting, the window and the landscape, starts to ask himself if the artist wanted to string him along. In Magritte’s words, “Painting is the art of similarity, but a painted image cannot be similar-looking. It only relates to the idea of resemblance”.
Magritte loved to overturn the order of things, as when he painted a stone in the sky with a cloud close to it, or a large egg in a cage (Elective Affinities), or a siren with the head of a fish and the body of a woman (Collective Invention), conveying both dismay and sensuality.
Magritte also succeeded in bewildering his legendary gallerist, Iolas, with Personal Values; the painting portrays a bedroom in which a large glass and a giant comb make the bed, cabinet and room itself look small. Iolas said that the painting made him feel uneasy, and Magritte felt satisfied with it, because this was exactly what he wanted.
Thanks to the innovative creativity of the Belgian curator Julie Waseige, we can now let ourselves be carried away by Magritte’s dreamlike world.