Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00 to 19.00
Saturday: 10.00 to 21.00
- Temporary exhibition halls, level 0
The concept of mechanising creative activity has been present in modern art and literature from Edgar Allan Poe to Andy Warhol. In La Manufacture de poésie (1950) the Surrealist painter René Magritte (1898-1967) also offered an imaginary catalogue of appliances intended to automatise processes of thought and creation, among them a “universal machine for making paintings”. Taking this invention as a reality, the exhibition sets out to reveal how The Magritte Machine worked.
The exhibition is curated by Guillermo Solana, the museum’s artistic director, and will include around 65 canvases and a selection of photographs and films. This material is presented in six sections which correspond to the catalogue of interrelated devices that make up the “Magritte Machine”: the museum as an instrument that catalogues and exhibits; the silhouette, which functions to cut out and fill in; the window, which frames and covers; the mechanism that alters size and weight; mimicry, which allows for camouflage in the surrounding environment; and the mask, which erases and projects the face.