Header image: René Magritte, Les valeurs personnelles (Personal Values), 1952 (detail); collection SFMOMA, purchase through a gift of Phyllis C. Wattis; © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Exhibition

René Magritte

The Fifth Season

May 19–October 28, 2018

Floor 4

René Magritte (1898–1967) was one of the most intriguing painters associated with Surrealism, but he did not fully find his voice until after breaking ties with the movement. This exhibition, the first to look exclusively at Magritte’s late career, examines his most important bodies of work from the 1940s through the 1960s, and shows how they marked a fundamental shift in painting from Modernism to our own time.

Featuring more than 60 artworks in nine immersive, thematic galleries, René Magritte: The Fifth Season explores how Magritte balanced irony and conviction, philosophy and fantasy, to illuminate the gaps between what we see and what we know. Together, the works reveal Magritte as an artist acutely attuned to the paradoxes at work within reality, and an enduring champion of the role of mystery in life and art.

Generous support for René Magritte: The Fifth Season is provided by Jean and James E. Douglas, Jr.

Header image: Header image: René Magritte, Les valeurs personnelles (Personal Values), 1952 (detail); collection SFMOMA, purchase through a gift of Phyllis C. Wattis; © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Exhibition Preview

  • A large green glass wineglass, a match, and pill on two overlapping persian rugs in a room with walls painted like a cloudy sky and also containing a bed with a giant comb and a mirrored armoire with a large shaving brush on top

    René Magritte, Les valeurs personnelles (Personal Values), 1952; collection SFMOMA, purchase through a gift of Phyllis C. Wattis; © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  • A large green apple fills fills a wood-floored room with a large window overlooking the countryside

    René Magritte, La chambre d’écoute (The Listening Room), 1952; The Menil Collection, Houston, Gift of Fariha Friedrich; © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  • Painting of a large gray boulder filling a light-filled room

    René Magritte, L’anniversaire (The Anniversary), 1959; Art Gallery of Ontario, purchase, Corporations’ Subscription Endowment, 1971; © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  • A blooking red rose fills a room with a large, curtained window

    René Magritte, Le tombeau des lutteurs (The Tomb of the Wrestlers), 1960; private collection; © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York