René Magritte (1898–1967) is one of the most revered and popular artists of the 20th century. During summer 2011 Tate Liverpool presents René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle, the first major exhibition of the Belgian surrealist in the UK in ten years.
The Pleasure Principle aims to focus on the less explored aspects of Magritte’s life and artistic practice, and on themes including the artist’s use of pattern and artifice, ideas and revelation, and visual fracture and eroticism. The exhibition also investigates the relationship between Magritte’s painterly work and commercial design, and the inspiration he drew from mass market literature and popular culture.
The exhibition traces these themes in Magritte’s major paintings as well as in his early commercial work, in drawings and collages, and in his rarely seen photographs and films.
Featuring major works from across the world and from all stages of the artist’s career, The Pleasure Principle displays over 100 artworks, many not seen before in the UK.
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