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Surreal Pricing

July 24, 2014

The Art Institute offers free admission to Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938 to anyone who submits an "everyday" surreal object.

The Surrealists embraced the idea of artistic creation inspired by the subconscious, chance, and spontaneity. They often participated in group games, and Magritte was no exception—his art echoes these playful and surprising effects. In that spirit, and in honor of the exhibition Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938, the Art Institute invites you to participate in a game we're calling "Surrealist Pricing." Come to the museum with your own everyday Surrealist-inspired object in place of payment for admission. We will curate the objects and unveil them in a grand installation on Thursday, August 7, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. inside the Modern Wing.

Thursday night admission policies to the Magritte exhibition are $15 for Illinois residents and $23 for visitors from outside Illinois.
Other museum galleries remain free of charge for Illinois residents during this time.


1. No purchase necessary. To qualify, you must personally submit an object ("Object") on Thursday, July 24, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to receive one free admission to Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, valid only for Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

2. The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) reserves the right to reject or refuse any submitted Object for any reason in its sole discretion. For example, museum policy prohibits us from accepting items longer than 8 feet. We are also unable to accept any Objects that AIC deems in its sole discretion to be hazardous, perishable, unlawful, and/or which contains any of the following items: organic matter that may harbor pests (such as potted plants, soil, sand, grasses, feather, moss, branches, bark, rose petals, hay, etc.), animals, confetti, rice, bird seed, balloons, bubbles, glitter, sequins, fireworks, sparklers, smoke/fog machines, dry ice, aerosol products (i.e. spray glue, spray glitter, spray snow, spray string, spray paint), vessels containing water, open flames. Rejected Objects may be checked in accordance with AIC's policies. AIC may require, in its sole discretion, that any Object be removed from the museum.

3. Objects accepted by AIC become the sole and exclusive property of AIC and will not be returned. AIC may dispose of any Object in its sole discretion. By submitting an Object, you acknowledge and agree that AIC may include such Object in an installation of submitted objects, and you hereby grant AIC the non-exclusive, irrevocable, sub-licensable, royalty-free rights to reproduce, distribute, publicly display and/or display, adapt, modify, and otherwise exploit or use the Object for any purpose whatsoever, provided that AIC is under no obligation to use or include any Object, in its sole discretion.

Duane Michals. Magritte with Hand Over Face Exposing One Eye (detail), 1965. © Duane Michals.