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Mark your calendar for Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938

“We believe art has the singular capability to connect people and communities,” states Tim Maloney, Illinois President of Bank of America which is the National Sponsor of the upcoming exhibition Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938 at the Art Institute of Chicago.

From June 25 to October 13, Chicagoans will have a chance to experience the surreal world of Belgian artist René Magritte thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Art Institute, The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Menil Collection, Houston.

Focusing on Magritte’s most prolific period, the exhibition will feature more than 100 paintings, collages and objects—including photographs and periodicals during Magritte’s time in advertising. Paintings and works on paper from the artist’s inaugural one-person show in Brussels as well as the pieces he produced in Paris alongside fellow Surrealists Breton, Dalí and Miró are also included.

As a strong supporter of Magritte, the Art Institute first recognized the artist with a group exhibition of Surrealists in 1949, then with major retrospectives of his work in 1966 and 1993.

“Our city is incredibly fortunate to have a cultural treasure like the Art Institute of Chicago,” notes Maloney. “We are proud to be a long-time partner on many of their rich and culturally important exhibitions including Magritte. This exhibit will challenge our sense of reality and stimulate an on-going conversation, which Magritte did so well.”

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