Last Friday, 6 May, we went to visit the exhibition “The Magritte Machine” at Caixa Forum Barcelona.

The exhibition, dedicated to the work of René Magritte (Lessines, 1898 – Brussels, 1967), the famous Belgian artist of the 20th century, brings together around 65 paintings from museums and collections in various countries, together with a selection of photographs and home movies taken and filmed by the artist. 

In 1950, in collaboration with some friends, Magritte wrote the prospectus La Manufacture de Poési, a catalogue of imaginary products including the “Universal Machine for Making Paintings”. This machine would make it possible to compose, in a practical way, an unlimited number of thoughtful paintings. The exhibition is based on the hypothesis that this Magritte Machine exists and is made up of several interconnected devices corresponding to recurring concepts in the artist’s work, such as mimicry and megalomania.
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