'Rene' Magritte: The Pleasure Principle' is the biggest exhibition of the Belgian surrealist's work in England for twenty years. Renowned for witty images depicting everyday objects such as apples, bowler hats and pipes in unusual settings, Magritte's art plays with the idea of reality and illusion. The exhibition includes iconic pieces by the artist as well as some more surprising works, offering visitors a fresh insight into the intriguing world of Magritte. Robert Therrien 'Smoke Signals', is a major display of work by influential American artist. Presented together in Liverpool for the first time, it features a number of the artist's large-scale sculptures alongside a selection of Therrien's surprisingly intimate works on paper.
The Pleasure Principle
René Magritte (1898–1967) is one of the most revered and popular artists of the 20th century. This summer, Tate Liverpool presents René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle, the biggest exhibition of the Belgian surrealist’s work in England for twenty years.
Renowned for witty images depicting everyday objects such as apples, bowler hats and pipes in unusual settings, Magritte’s art plays with the idea of reality and illusion.
Magritte’s work has had an enduring effect on the art world, inspiring artists ranging from John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha to Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol. Magritte’s impact has also been felt throughout popular culture. Musicians such as Paul Simon, directors Jean-Luc Goddard and Terry Gilliam, and many writers and advertisers have all been influenced by Magritte’s famous images.
Tate Liverpool’s exhibition will reveal the inspiration behind the artist’s celebrated style, focusing on the less explored aspects of Magritte’s life and artistic practice.
Paintings will feature alongside drawings, collages, examples of Magritte’s early commercial work and rarely seen photographs and films. The exhibition will include iconic pieces by the artist as well as some more surprising works, offering visitors a fresh insight into the intriguing world of Magritte. Not to be missed.
Special introductory talks to this exhibition are available at an additional cost of £5 per person. Discounts are available Monday to Friday only.
Family tickets are available from £22 (Gift Aid family ticket includes donation)
For more information and to book please call 0151 702 7400.
Tate Liverpool presents Robert Therrien: Smoke Signals, a major display of work by influential American artist Robert Therrien. Presented together in Liverpool for the first time, Robert Therrien: Smoke Signals will feature a number of the artist’s large-scale sculptures alongside a selection of Therrien’s surprisingly intimate works on paper.
Based in Los Angles, Robert Therrien is renowned for experimenting with scale. The artist conjures up a world of the unexpected by creating objects that draw attention to details usually overlooked in the everyday world.
At the heart of this display is No Title (Table and Four Chairs), a colossal table and chair set that stands almost ten feet high. No Title (Table and Four Chairs) has a deceptively childish charm and visitors to Tate Liverpool are invited to walk around, through and under this spectacular yet somehow commonplace work.
Robert Therrien: Smoke Signals draws upon ARTIST ROOMS, an inspired partnership with the Art Fund and the Scottish Government, making available the ARTIST ROOMS collection of international contemporary art to galleries throughout the UK. ARTIST ROOMS is jointly owned by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland and was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments.
Opening 24 June 2011
Albert Dock L3, Liverpool Gran Bretagna
Open Monday – Sunday, 10.00–17.50
Last admission to special exhibitions is at 17.00
Groups of ten or more receive discounted entry to Rene Magritte: The Pleasure Principle when booking at least two weeks in advance of their visit. Adult tickets £9, concessions £7.