Le domaine enchanté at Galleria Acappella

Curated by Domenico de Chirico

Alexandra Noel These are mine too, 2015 oil and enamel on panel 12.7 x 7.6 x 2.3 cm courtesy Acappella and D. Donzelli ph.Isy_45x35_oilonpaper_2016_small Alex Chavez Painter 2016, ink, paint, colored pencil and marker on paper 113.67x85.09 cm courtesy Acappella and D. Donzelli ph

Galleria Acappella is pleased to announce a group exhibition titled ‘Le domaine
enchanté’ curated by Domenico de Chirico featuring works by Sebastian Burger, Alex Chaves,
Leon Eisermann, Sayre Gomez, Morgan Mandalay, Orion Martin, Alexandra Noel, Zoé de
Soumagnat.

Morgan Mandalay Mixed reviews, 2016 oil, acrylic paint and spray paint on canvas 163 x 152 cm courtesy Acappella anc D. Donzelli ph. Orion Martin Tloo II, 2016 paper, uv print, acrylic, ink, grommet, 66,5 x 85 cm courtesy Acappella and D. Donzelli ph. Sayre Gomez Thief Painting in Black and White and Red Oxide, 2015 acrylic on canvas 213 x 185 cm courtesy Acappella and D. Donzelli ph.

Le saboteur tranquille (1898 – 1967) arguably the most influential figure in Belgian Surrealism,
has succeeded in painting pictures— often imbued with dark humour—that channel those
obsessions and feelings of eeriness and displacement that arise when seeking an answer to the
mystery of life and when trying to work out the processes of thought and human perceptions.
René Magritte has elected painting as his preferred means of investigation. He goes about it by
raising doubts on reality itself and addressing totality as a mystery, never seeking to define it. Nor
does he ever reach other dimensions, since his idea of absurdity does not inhabit the realms of
the unknown or the utopic, but it is found instead in day-to-day reality.
For this reason, his image —obsessively recurrent and ambiguously ironic— is primarily a
reproduction of what occurs in reality but on top of that, it is also an illusionary joke, articulated
through a visual language characterized by utter simplicity of enunciation and stylistic immediacy.
Enigma, nonsense, irrationality and displacement in the realm of the symbols, images and
patterns that inhabit the subconscious are the conceits surrealism has wilfully conveyed.
This whole exhibition is freely inspired, both in a surrealistic and in a metaphorical way, by René
Magritte’s mural painting ‘Le domaine enchanté’ (1953 circa, Knokke-le-Zoute, Casino, Belgium):
among the most emblematic pieces in his oeuvre, a large scale and paramount summary of his
main iconographical leitmotif.

Zoé de Soumagnat Do you wanna smoke? 2016 gouache on canvas, 130 x 100 cm courtesy Acappella and D. Donzelli ph.

Artists: Sebastian Burger, Alex Chaves, Leon Eisermann, Sayre Gomez, Morgan Mandalay,
Orion Martin, Alexandra Noel, Zoé de Soumagnat.

Venue: Acappella
Opening: July 14th 2016 19 h
Ending: October 10th 2016
Tue-Fri 17-19 | Sat 12 -14
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