If you’re on the hunt for a thought-provoking dip into the Surreal, you can’t miss Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary exhibit at the MoMA (running through January 12, 2014). Curated by Anne Umland, the exhibit covers what the famed Belgian painter described as the most defining period of his career from 1926-1938.
The exhibit features many of his most acclaimed works including “Le Trahison Des Images” (pictured) wherein he notoriously paired his painting of a pipe with the beautifully scripted words “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (“This is not a pipe”). After you absorb the whimsically provocative contradictions in his narrated paintings, check out “Les Amants” to peek at his popular portrait of two lovers kissing.
These standout pieces are only part of the exhibit's allure, as Anne Umland explained during her talk at the press preview, the exhibit also features two paintings that have only just been discovered to have been painted on top of an earlier painting of Magritte’s. Have fun trying to imagine what only an x-ray can uncover behind “la Duree Poignardee.” Also don't miss the old advertisement Magritte made for a Parisian restaurant in April of 1927, and the cover illustrations he created for Varietes magazine that same year.
Whether you’re eyeing Magritte’s most renowned works, or antique issues of Parisian magazines, the surreal doesn’t escape reality at MoMA’s can’t-miss exhibit this fall.
Stephanie Sonsino is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure.