A Surreal Pairing: Magritte and Dalí at The Dalí Museum, December 15, 2018 – May 19, 2019

“Opening at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida on December 15, Magritte and Dali is a first-of-its-kind special exhibition dedicated to the world’s two most celebrated surrealists, Renée Magritte and Salvador Dalí.

This first exhibition to examine the artists in a sole pairing provides an in-depth review of the common threads and creative divergences in their distinctive bodies of work from the late 1920s to the 1940s. During this frenetic and productive period, the two artists displayed works in the same Surrealist exhibitions and passionately explored the techniques and aesthetic points of view which contributed to their respective reputations as monumental figures in art history. Together, their work proposes a stirring challenge to the world of appearances and hints at the deep mystery of life.

Showcasing carefully curated, exemplary pieces from Magritte’s and Dali’s works, Magritte and Dali pushes back the curtain to reveal what lies beyond the simple appearance of painted images. The two preeminent surrealists opened the mind to an alternative view of the world, constantly challenging reality. Following its presentation at The Dalí Museum, Magritte and Dalí will travel to the Magritte Museum in Brussels.” — The Dalí Museum

René Magritte (1898-1967). Dieu n’est pas un saint (God Is No Saint), ca. 1935-36. Oil on canvas, 67.2 x 43 cm. Inv. 11681. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels © 2018 C. Herscovici / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo Credit: Banque d’Images, ADAGP / Art Resource, NY

René Magritte (1898-1967). La Magie noire (Black Magic), 1945. Oil on canvas, 79 x 59 cm; Inv. 10706. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels © 2018 C. Herscovici / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo Credit: Banque d’Images, ADAGP / Art Resource, NY

René Magritte (1898-1967). L’Île au trésor (Treasure Island), 1942. Oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm; Inv. 10708. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels © 2018 C. Herscovici / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo Credit: Herscovici / Art Resource, NY

Salvador Dalí. Surrealist Object Functioning Symbolically-Gala’s Shoe, 1931 / Reconstructed 1973, object. Collection of The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, FL (USA) 2018 ©Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, (Artists Rights Society), 2018. In the USA: © Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL, 2018

Salvador Dalí. Portrait of Gala, c.1932. Oil on panel. Collection of The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, FL (USA) 2018 ©Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, (Artists Rights Society), 2018. In the USA: © Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL, 2018

Salvador Dalí. Old Age, Adolescence, Infancy (The Three Ages), 1940. Oil on canvas. Collection of The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, FL (USA) 2018 ©Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, (Artists Rights Society), 2018. In the USA: © Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL, 2018

Magritte and Dalí is organized by The Dalí Museum in partnership with The Magritte Museum (a part of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium) and is co-curated by Dr. William Jeffett, Chief Curator of Exhibitions at The Dalí Museum, and Michel Draguet, General Director of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.

Images courtesy The Dalí Museum.