Magritte and the Magic of the Surrealists at Art Institute of Chicago inspires creativity

The creative process is enigmatic and unpredictable. However, I have found that being in the presence of someone or something creative begets more creativity in me. My quilting inspiration was waning so a trip to see Magritte and the Magic of the Surrealists at Art Institute of Chicago was a much needed boost.

pic028I have always been intrigued with Magritte's fascination with the relationship between words, images and reality. Having taught languages all my professional career, his thoughts and playing with the reality of words has always fascinated me.

There were numerous examples of this philosophical language debate which Magritte had with himself and the world throughout the exhibit. They really charged up my brain. I even did some research when I got home and this rather odd video discusses this very question.

I have always played with this idea of names as you see the same quilt block with different names. Does the block change? No, just how we perceive it and name it.Magritte_The-Healer

We all have something different inside that we are expressing in our lives, our words and our quilts.

Although this Magritte painting is called The Healer, for me it shows the differences we all have inside of us, that aren't just there to be seen.

I surprise myself by liking surrealism as much as I do, well, at least the way Magritte played and presented it. You can read more about him on various websites. Here is one I read. 

I wish I had investigated him earlier as he died in 1967, I was alive then. (Yes, I am old.)

magritteThere were many other works in the exhibit but not all of the ones you might want or expect to find.

This is one I paused by and pondered. My first thoughts? The many fabrics which depict clouds as well.

Which really aren't clouds at all but an image of them called by a word we all use? And why do we? You can see that I was wrapped up in this artist.

If you would like to know more about it or visit it yourself, click here. It's organized by The Art Institute of Chicago, MOMA and the Menil Collection, Houston. It will be in Chicago until October 13, 2014.

Come and get your creative juices flowing.

But quilters or art lovers cannot live by Magritte alone! We also had lunch, walked through Millennium Park and had coffee. Fine, if you follow me on Twitter you know I also had a little treat.

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In The Art Institute of Chicago?

Sew happy!

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I'm a member at the Art Institute so I've written about exhibits before. Here is one from last summer on the Impressionists.

Another ChicagoNow blogger did an earlier post on this exhibit. You can read hers here.


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