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A Tribute to René: Haunting Motion-Graphics Homage to René Magritte

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Belgian surrealist René Magritte remains one of the most relevant artists in modern history, his work exploring the intersection of art and philosophy through arresting, mind-bending imagery that leads the viewer to question the most fundamental givens of agreed-upon reality. In this mesmerizing motion-graphics homage to the great painter, London-based studio Box of Toys and video art outfit flipEVIL explore Magritte’s most iconic pieces in a haunting third-dimension, complete with an original piano score inspired by his work.

Given the context we wanted to take a very traditional and unadorned route, and so composed a bespoke piano piece in and around the motion. The piano leads the way in terms of pace and characterization, backed by subtle sound design that reinforces the dream-like state of the visuals.”

For more on Magritte’s genius and legacy, look no further than Magritte: Attempting the Impossible — an absolutely stunning, lavish anthology featuring more than 300 works, including many unpublished material. The six-pound volume opens each chapter with a close analysis of one of Magritte’s most influential masterpieces amidst a reconstruction of its historical and intellectual contexts. Additional essays explore Magritte’s photography, drawings and influence on German and American contemporary art and advertising.

Published July 4, 2011




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