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1999-08-06 until 1999-11-28
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Humlebaek, , DK Denmark

I don't paint visions. To the best of my ability, by painterly means, I describe objects - and the mutual relationship of objects - in such a way that none of our habitual concepts or feelings is necessarily linked with them. (Quotation: René Magritte, 1898-1967) Magritte, Louisiana's main autumn exhibition, includes two major Magritte works never previously shown to a European public. One is the painting entitled Les Valeurs Personelles (Personal Values) of 1952, the other Le Tombeau des lutteurs (The Tomb of the Wrestlers) of 1960. These two works formed part of a private American collection, recently auctioned off, and have been shown publicly only once before, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 1992. For the first time, Le Tombeau des lutteurs will be displayed alongside La Chambre d'écoute (The Listening Room) of 1952 and L'Anniversaire (The Anniversary) of 1959, all three of which treat similar pictorial problems.

The approach adopted at this Magritte exhibition has been to examine the artist as a forerunner and source of inspiration for Pop and Conceptual art. Since inspiration of this kind is quite complex, it has not been our intention to indicate a direct influence, but rather to present works by Magritte that can be considered to contain the seeds of further development. There is no doubt that Magritte was an inspiration, both as a painter and as a man of ideas. One of the reasons why Magritte's oeuvre catches the attention is that it touches, in a profound way, on human and existential conditions which we recognise from our own lives, problems which Magritte sheds light upon and gives expression. His analysis of our common traumas and the complexities of life appeals to something within us all, something we all understand - which is why Magritte is not only extremely popular with the general public but has exerted a great influence on succeeding generations of artists as well. The Louisiana Revy In connection with the exhibition, a catalogue will be published as an issue of the Louisiana Revy with a preface by Steingrim Laursen. The further content includes an article by professor Siegfried Gohr entitled The Visible Secret of René Magritte, as well as a biography, a list of works and colour reproductions of the exhibited works. CD-Rom and Films The public can learn about the painter and his work from the interactive CD-Rom presentation entitled The Mystery of Magritte. In addition, two films will be shown: La Fidélité des images, a montage of Magritte's own films, and a completely new film on Magritte entitled Attempting the Impossible, made in 1999 by Bernard Crutzen and Pierre Sterckx. Lecture in English on Saturday, 18 September 1999, at 2 pm, Mr. Richard Calvocoressi, director of The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - where the exhibition will later be shown - will give a lecture entitled Artist of the Century: René Magritte in which he discusses Magritte's relevance to succeeding generations of artists. After the show at Louisiana, the exhibition will travel to The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, and subsequently to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Admission: 65 DKK. The main sponsor of the 1999 exhibitions at Louisiana is Nykredit.

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