At MASI in Lugano soon Magritte. La Ligne de vie.

From September 16, 2018 to January 6, 2019, MASI in Lugano is hosting the exhibition Magritte. La Ligne de vie.

The Art Museum of Italian Switzerland is hosting from September 16, 2018 to January 6, 2019 the exhibition"Magritte. La Ligne de vie."

About ninety works on display made since the 1920s: experiments, often far from the artist’s best-known paintings. Some highlight the influence of Italian Futurism, but a great interest in De Chirico’s canvases is perceived: on display are De Chirico’s Les Plaisirs du poète (1912) and Magritte’s Traversée difficile (1926) for direct comparison.
Present is a selection of works made between the 1920s and 1930s, particularly from 1925 to 1936, where the search for a poetic effect is emphasized, often achieved through the decontextualization of common objects.

Various devices are used to make common things seem unusual, such as depicting them in a different matter than usual, combining images and words associated arbitrarily, and depicting visions of dormancy.

Also documented in the exhibition is his vache period, in which the use of bright colors and very free brushstrokes predominates.

The title of the exhibition refers to the lecture Magritte gave on Nov. 20, 1938, at the Musée Royal des Beaux-Arts in Antwerp, entitled “La Ligne de vie,” during which the artist spoke publicly about his work.

The exhibition is curated by Xavier Canonne and Julie Waseige and produced with the support of the Magritte Foundation and will move to Helsinki in 2019.

For info:

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Closed Mondays.

Tickets: Full Chf 20, reduced Chf 14. Free admission every first Thursday of the month from 5 to 8 p.m.

Image: René Magritte, Le Chateau des Pyrénées (1962; gouache on paper, 20 x 13 cm; Private collection © 2018 Prolitteris, Zurich)

At MASI in Lugano soon Magritte. La Ligne de vie.
At MASI in Lugano soon Magritte. La Ligne de vie.

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