René Magritte: The Fifth Season Audio Tour 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



René Magritte was one of the most intriguing artists associated with Surrealism, but he did not fully find his voice until after breaking ties with the movement. This exhibition examines his most important work from the 1940s through the 1960s, revealing a painter acutely attuned to the role of mystery and paradox in life and in art.

This unconventional audio tour features musings and insights from SFMOMA curators Caitlin Haskell and Gary Garrels, the artists Vija Celmins and Jeff Koons, and the writer—and friend of Magritte—Suzi Gablik.

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