I went the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to see a special exhibition: “René Magritte: The Fifth Season.” Here are some of the notes I took.
Shingeki no Kyojin
La fin du monde, 1963
“Do you bite your green thumb at me, sir?”
Le coup au coeur, 1952
This is the most Burning Man painting I’ve ever seen.
La découverte du feu, 1959
What a weird episode of Doctor Who.
Kirby’s Adventure for the Nintendo Entertainment System, 1993.
The Enchanted Domain, 1953
But for real? Goofs aside, for real though?
Le domaine d’Arnheim, 1962 is wonderful. A mountain peak that’s a bird but its wingspan extends across the entire mountain range works for me. It works for me more than the heavy-handed sort of surrealism that says “behold time itself is melting.”
I’m not the right person to go to if you want to understand or learn about René Magritte. I’m here only to recontextualize some of these works within a current cultural setting. Which is to say make bad jokes. So there we go.