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This is an image of Magritte's painting The explanation, produced in 1952. It depicts a close up of a wooden table in front of an open window. Upon the table we can see on the right a black wine bottle and a carrot. On the left of this bottle is a curious object, half bottom is a black wine bottle but the other top halp is a big carrot.

René Magritte, L'Explication (The explanation), 1952
Oil on canvas
80 x 60 cm. (31 1/2 x 23 5/8 in.)
©Helly Nahmad Gallery NY

The Magritte machine
September 14, 2021 - January 30, 2022

The Nahmad Collection is pleased to contribute to The Magritte machine, an exhibition held in Madrid at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museo Nacional.

This exhibition is the first retrospective devoted to René Magritte (1898-1967) to be held in Madrid since the one organised by the Fundación Juan March in 1989. The title The Magritte machine emphasises the repetitive, combinatorial element present in the work of the great Surrealist painter, whose obsessive themes constantly reappear with innumerable variations.

The exhibition is divided into the following sections: 1. The magician’s powers; 2. Image and word; 3. Figure and background; 4. Picture and window; 5. Face and mask; 6. Mimicry; and 7. Megalomania. Curated by the museum’s artistic director, Guillermo Solana, the exhibition brings together more than 90 paintings.

The Magritte machine is completed with an installation in the Museum’s first floor Balcony Gallery. It presents a selection of photographs and amateur films made by the artist himself, thanks to the courtesy of Ludion Publishers.

After closing in Madrid it will travel to the Caixaforum in Barcelona.