Monday, September 12, 2011

Magritte, and Song of the Day: Philosophia

I discovered "Philosophia," by the Guggenheim Grotto, from the free iTunes download feature, and it's been a favorite ever since.

I like the music video, too, for its references to Magritte. I went to the Magritte Museum in Brussels this past summer, and I learned so much about his philosophy, thanks to a little booklet of his own explanations that was supplied by the museum. Here are some favorites:

"All of my work results from a a feeling of certainty that we do indeed belong to an enigmatic universe."
[Tout dans mes œuvres est issue du sentiment de certitude que nous appartenons, en fait, à un universe énigmatique.]

La Bataille de l'Argonne, by René Magritte

"The real value of art is measured by its capacity for liberating revelation."
[La valeur réelle de l'art est en fonction de son pouvoir de révélation libératrice.]

Le Chef-d'Oeuvre ou les Mysteres, by René Magritte

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