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Let’s Get Surreal

Out There

René Magritte’s “Mystery of the Ordinary” exhibit at The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is perfect for any visit to the windy city, rain or shine. Until mid-October, in addition to wandering the galleries and sipping wine at the museum’s Terzo Piano, stop into the exhibit, “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938.” Over the twelve-year span that this exhibit showcases, Magritte traveled from Brussels to Paris and London. During Magritte’s time in Paris, Magritte met Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, and André Breton, who would all greatly influence the work of his surrealist portfolio of artwork.

Start with Magritte’s first noteworthy piece featured in the exhibit, called The Treachery of Images, from 1927, which displays an image of a smoking pipe with the words “Ceci n’est pas une pipe.” Continuing through the exhibit, which displays over a hundred paintings, collages, drawings, and objects, the viewer will find themes of surrealism undoubtedly the focal point of “The Mystery of the Ordinary,” always questioning the nature of appearances.