October 16, 2015 - Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen - Le Miroir Vivant (The Living Mirror)
October 16, 2015

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Rene Magritte, Le Miroir Vivant (The Living Mirror), 1928. Oil on canvas. © Collection Galerie Paola Vedovi. Photo: Lotte Stekelenburg.

Le Miroir Vivant (The Living Mirror)
Magritte Meets the Collection
October 10, 2015–January 17, 2016

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Museumpark 18-20
3015 CX Rotterdam
The Netherlands

T +31 10 441 9400

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Le miroir vivant (1928) by René Magritte is one of a small series of word paintings the Belgian artist made in the early years of his career. With its exclusive use of semantics it is considered an experimental work: four interconnected cloudlike white shapes each featuring a short, enigmatic text. The words "personnage éclatant de rire" (person roaring with laughter), "armoire" (closet), "horizon" and "cris d’oiseaux" (birds’ calls) evoke familiar yet uncanny personal associations.

Working closely together, curator Francesco Stocchi and American artist Alex Da Corte have taken Le miroir vivant’s provocation as their starting point in creating an immersive tableau using the Boijmans' collection as raw material: nearly fifty paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos by artists such as Cady Noland, Marcel Broodthaers, Jim Shaw, Gilbert and George, Alexandra Bircken, Carel Visser, Domenico Gnoli, Barbara Hepworth, Duane Hanson, David Hockney, and others.

The exhibition unveils some of the lesser known post-war works in the collection and weaves them into an intensely theatrical environment.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
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