“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.” – René Magritte
MoMa’s “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary.” On view from September 28th through January 12, 2014 takes a fresh look at early works by Belgian master René Magritte. The exhibit features more than 80 paintings, collages, and objects made between 1926 and 1938. If you live in or plan to visit New York during that time you can prepare to be perplexed by images such as ‘lovers kissing through gauzy masks’ & other intriguing pieces.
But surrealisly, how do you feel about Surrealism as an art form? I remember seeing an exhibit on Surrealism at the Guggenheim many years ago that made me think “what was the artist thinking?” There has to be a story behind it (at least somewhat) but the dreamlike paintings were nonetheless beautiful works of art. The mystery can be left up to the observer and it can represent many things to many people which is the true beauty of ART.
American artist Jeff Koons (who owns several Magrittes) explains that Surrealism was the very first art movement that he really responded to and he feels that Surrealism makes people go inward – to dive into the muck and understand themselves – and then return outward with a new sense of self-acceptance. He says “Art brings you in contact with feeling. When you see a Magritte, you feel something; you have an experience that can be very, very strong. He’s very poetic. One of the beautiful things about his work is that it’s really made for the viewer to participate in. It’s about creating a shared experience for you to experience this sensation.”(This as told to Lindsay Talbot).
Similar to a good author or poet, you want to be drawn in and taken away to somewhere that’s anywhere but here…even if just for a little while.