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Lecture Series: Over the Top—Art of the Surreal

July 16, 2014
Rubloff Auditorium
Per lecture: $10 members, $15 nonmembers; Entire Series: $40 members, $60 nonmembers

In conjunction with Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938 as well as the recent reinstallation of the museum’s own celebrated Surrealist collection, this four part series focuses on the major representatives and innovators of Surrealism.

Magritte and Delvaux: Beyond Appearances (Belgium)

This lecture will examine the art of René Magritte, with special focus on the development of his Surrealist style of the late 1920s and 30s in addition to later works. Distinguished by the painter's uncanny skill in transforming images of everyday life into memorable dream-like mysteries, Magritte's art can be viewed within a rich national tradition stretching back to the 15th and 16th centuries. From the bizarre imagery of Flemish "primitives" such as Bruegel through later works of Belgian Romantic and Symbolist painters, Magritte's artistic forebears provided many precedents in which the mystic and the mundane co-mingle. Also discussed will be the Belgian Surrealist Paul Delvaux, noted for his curious paintings of nude figures and classical motifs that complement the compelling works of Magritte, his contemporary and rival.

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Over the Top: Art of the Surreal

June 25
Tanguy and Masson: Places Unknown (France)

July 16
Magritte and Delvaux: Beyond Appearances (Belgium)

August 20
Dalí and Miró: Dream Shapes (Spain)

September 10
Surrealism in Chicago: Collectors of Vision

René Magritte. The Banquet, 1958. Lindy and Edwin Bergman Collection. © 2014 C. Herscovici, London / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.