Belgian surrealist René Magritte was a master of placing people and objects together in a practical sense, and then abandoning all logic in the creative moment. Strongly influenced by Italy’s master of the surreal, Giorgio de Chirico, nothing was certain – and anything and everything was possible for Magritte. This was, after all, the man who painted a smoking pipe and wrote underneath it, “This is not a pipe” in 1929. Now, his work comes to Hong Kong courtesy of ArtisTree in Taikoo Place through the exhibition René Magritte: The Revealing Image – Photos and Films, an ambitious installation that immerses visitors in 132 original photographs and eight films.
The work – created between 1914 and 1967 – has never been exhibited in Asia and Europe. The exhibition, which runs from January 19 to February 19, seeks to shed new light on Magritte’s creative process.