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  • René Magritte, La Marchande d’oubli, Georgette Magritte, Côte belge, 1936, black-and-white photograph, 8 1/2 x 6 1/4". © ADAGP, Paris, 2004.

    René Magritte and Photography

    BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts
    Rue Ravensteinstraat 23 Centre for Fine Arts
    February 23–May 15, 2005

    Curated by Patrick Roegiers

    “He is never entirely invisible,” wrote René Magritte of his pulp-fiction idol Fantômas. And neither was Magritte, despite his popular reputation as a publicity-shunning, Surrealist homebody: A 1938 photograph shows him mugging alongside The Barbarian, his 1928 homage to the antihero of French thrillers. Now, a coproduction with the Magritte Foundation probes the artist’s life via thirteen of his films and some 330 photographs from 1898 to 1967 by Magritte and other artists, as well as by family members and anonymous snappers. Magritte the photographic subject (subtly posing, turning his back, hiding behind his paintings) looks set to emerge as a specific, unforeseen object of critical scrutiny in its own right.

    Travels to the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, 2006.