Magritte and Contemporary Art: The Treachery of Images

Modern and Contemporary Art Building
November 19, 2006–March 4, 2007

Magritte and Contemporary Art: The Treachery of Images is the first major exhibition to explore the impact of Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte's (1898-1967) work on U.S. and European artists of the post-war generation. Featuring sixty-eight paintings and drawings by Magritte, including many international loans of his signature works, and sixty-eight works in diverse media by thirty-one contemporary artists such as Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Vija Celmins, Robert Gober, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol, the exhibition examines the different and sometimes unconscious ways that pop, conceptual, and post-modern sensibilities have referenced Magritte's ideas and imagery. In addition, the exhibition installation is specially designed by conceptual artist John Baldessari and includes an inventive presentation that is playful and humorous, yet provides a deep visual understanding of Magritte's work. Magritte and Contemporary Art: The Treachery of Images is on view at LACMA from November 19, 2006, through March 4, 2007, and will not travel to other venues. At the center of the exhibition is LACMA's Magritte masterpiece— The Treachery of Images (This Is Not a Pipe), (1929)—a seminal painting and popular cultural icon.

Exhibition Extra | Q&A with Ed Ruscha | Essay | Exhibition Highlights from LACMA

Curators: Stephanie Barron, Modern Art, LACMA, and Michel Draguet, Director Musée Royaux de Bruxelles.

This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and is presented by Lexus. It was supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Frederick R. Weisman Philanthropic Foundation. In-kind media support for the exhibition was provided by CBS/Decaux and 89.9 KCRW. In-kind support for the exhibition was provided by The Beverly Hilton. This exhibition was supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanties.