On the occasion of René Magritte: The Fifth Season, Berlin-based comic artist Ali Fitzgerald has created a series of graphic responses to works in the exhibition. Fitzgerald’s comic arrangements imagine backstories for Magritte’s most iconic characters, depicting a bowler-hatted man’s dysfunctional relations with a lion, a scissor-wielding rose, and a romantic pair of inverted mermaids. Each scenario revisits existing tensions or moments of tenderness in Magritte’s compositions and then stages the figures to interact in new, dynamic narratives. Through her illustrations, Fitzgerald creates an additional lens through which to examine and better understand the humor, surrealism, and dreamy love stories at work within René Magritte’s late painting.
Ali Fitzgerald’s Five Seasons of Magritte
Make-out Point for Fish People
Full Heart, Clear Ideas
Le Stropiat (The Cripple), 1948
Le Coup au Coeur (The Blow to the Heart), 1952
Les merveilles de la nature (The Wonders of Nature), 1953
Les idées claires (Clear Ideas), 1955/ca. 1958
Le mal du pays (Homesickness), ca. 1948
Le fils de l’homme (Son of Man), 1964
L’heureux donateur (The Happy Donor), 1966
René Magritte: The Fifth Season
May 19–October 28, 2018
This exhibition, the first to look exclusively at René 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.