24 June – 16 October 2011 at Tate Liverpool. René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle
René Magritte (1898–1967) is one of the most revered and popular artists of the 20th century. This summer, Tate Liverpool presents René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle, the biggest exhibition of the Belgian surrealist’s work in England for twenty years.
Renowned for witty images depicting everyday objects such as apples, bowler hats and pipes in unusual settings, Magritte’s art plays with the idea of reality and illusion.
Magritte’s work has had an enduring effect on the art world, inspiring artists ranging from John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha to Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol. Magritte’s impact has also been felt throughout popular culture. Musicians such as Paul Simon, directors Jean-Luc Goddard and Terry Gilliam, and many writers and advertisers have all been influenced by Magritte’s famous images.
Tate Liverpool’s exhibition will reveal the inspiration behind the artist’s celebrated style, focusing on the less explored aspects of Magritte’s life and artistic practice.
Paintings will feature alongside drawings, collages, examples of Magritte’s early commercial work and rarely seen photographs and films. The exhibition will include iconic pieces by the artist as well as some more surprising works, offering visitors a fresh insight into the intriguing world of Magritte. Not to be missed.
Groups of ten or more receive discounted entry to Rene Magritte: The Pleasure Principle when booking at least two weeks in advance of their visit. Adult tickets £9, concessions £7.
Special introductory talks to this exhibition are available at an additional cost of £5 per person. Discounts are available Monday to Friday only.
Family tickets are available from £22 (Gift Aid family ticket includes donation)
For more information and to book please call 0151 702 7400.
A Month of Magritte: Living Wallpaper Wednesday 3 August – Sunday 7 August 2011 free
A Month of Magritte: Imaginary Faces Wednesday 10 August – Sunday 14 August 2011 free
A Month of Magritte: Hats off to Magritte Wednesday 17 August – Sunday 21 August 2011 free
A Month of Magritte: Magritte Feet Wednesday 24 August – Monday 29 August 2011 free
Image credit (top):
René Magritte, Golconda 1953 (detail) The Menil Collection, Houston © Charly HERSCOVICI, Brussels – 2011
Below: Rene Magritte, Time Transfixed 1938, The Art Institute of Chicago © Charly Herscovici, c/o ADAGP, Paris 2011