• Short Summary

    AN EXHIBITION OF 101 PAINTINGS BY THE BELGIAN SURREALIST RENE MAGRITTE WHO DIED LAST YEAR OPENED IN THE TATE GALLERY IN LONDON TODAY (THURSDAY).

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    AN EXHIBITION OF 101 PAINTINGS BY THE BELGIAN SURREALIST RENE MAGRITTE WHO DIED LAST YEAR OPENED IN THE TATE GALLERY IN LONDON TODAY (THURSDAY). THESE BRISK, OFTEN HORRIFYING IMAGES HAVE BEEN GATHERED TOGETHER FOR THIS EXHIBITION FROM PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS ALL OVER THE WORLD.

    IT WAS MAGRITTE'S CONSTANT AIM TO EVOKE EXTREME OR IMPOSSIBLE PHYSIOLOGICAL STATES WITHOUT SEEMING TO BE MAKING A SOCIOLOGICAL COMMENT. HE OPPOSED ANY TENDENCY TO READ HIS IMAGES AS SYMBOLS. HE PORTRAYS UNCANNY HAPPENINGS IN A DIRECT, STRAIGHTFORWARD MANNER.

    HIS IMAGES THEMSELVES ARE, HOWEVER, COMPLEX. "COLLECTIVE INVENTION" IS A MERMAID WHOSE BOTTOM HALF IS A WOMAN AND TOP HALF A FISH. "INTERMISSION" IS A COLLECTION OF LEGS ON A STAGE. "THE RAPE", A WOMAN'S TORSO TURNED INTO A FACE BY A CLOAK OF HAIR IS THE PAINTING THAT THE ARTS COUNCIL, SPONSORS OF THE SHOW, HAVE CHOSEN TO ADVERTISE IT.

    MAGRITTE WAS BORN IN LESSINES IN 1898 AND SPENT MOST OF HIS LIFE IN BRUSSELS. HE EARNED HIS LIVING AS A COMMERCIAL DESIGNER FOR SOME YEARS AND HELD HIS FIRST ONE MAN SHOW IN BRUSSELS IN 1927. THE FOLLOWING THREE YEARS WERE SPENT IN PARIS WHERE HE FORMED CLOSE LINKS WITH SURREALIST PAINTERS AND WRITERS. FROM THAT TIME HIS WORK HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN ALMOST EVERY MAJOR SURREALIST EXHIBITION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6VWYTVVO8S88VA9BUEFHXK4KG
    Media URN:
    VLVA6VWYTVVO8S88VA9BUEFHXK4KG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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