Magritte's apple

February 10 > June 10, 2018

a book, an exhibition-cum-workshop and whole host of events

curated by FATATRAC and the Art Workshop
from an original idea by the MoMA Museum of Modern Art di New York
Spazio Fontana - Palazzo delle Esposizioni

Magritte's apple 10 February__10 June 2018
Immagine mostra
"He painted the impossible so that it became possible. He painted the extraordinary so that it was ordinary."

Do you know what a butterfleaf is? Would you like to wear an applehat or smoke a pipetree? In Magritte's world everything is possible. An exhibition and workshop dedicated to a great name in art is returning to the Palazzo delle Esposizioni for the third year in a row: after Matisse and Degas, it is now the turn of René Magritte, recounted with masterly skill and a freshness of touch by illustrator Klaas Verplanke, author of the illustrated book entitled Magritte's Apple, a publication produced by the MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which has now been brought to Italy by the publishers Fatatrac – Edizioni del Borgo, thus consolidating its cooperation with the Palazzo delle Esposizioni's Education Services and with the Art Bookshelf, a library specialising in international art books for children, comprising over 2000 art books and books on and by artists.

Inspired by the artist's masterpieces, the book urges readers of all ages to observe the world around them with a free spirit in order to understand that even the commonest of items can take on an unsuspected identity and reveal something new. In the same spirit, the exhibition not only showcases the original sketches and plates but also hosts an ironic and amusing layout to get all age groups actively involved in a game of unusual pairing where reality and depiction, above and below, inside and outside live side by side, recreating those visual short-circuits for which the Belgian artist is so famous.

The exhibition is enriched with a full schedule of tours of the show and of workshop for schools and families to familiarise with Magritte and the surreal imagination that populates his pictures, and to work together on creating combinations of images and words designed to turn reality on its head. A special competition has also been devised to get schools involved in the exhibition layout.
10 February 2018
from 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm
training encounter with author Klaas Verplanke for teachers, education professionals and experts
admission free; reservations are required: please e-mail us at
at 6.00 pm
exhibition inauguration – admission free
11 February 2018 • from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm
Special workshop with the author for children aged 5 to 10
activity € 8.00 per child
reservations are recommended: please call us on +39 06 39967500
15 February 2018 • from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Teachers' day
come and visit the exhibitions in the Palazzo free of charge and discover our full programme of educational events
reservations are required: please call us on +39 848.08.24.08

families • children aged 3 to 6 with their parents
every Sunday (from 18 February to 10 June) from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm
activity € 8.00 per child
reservations are recommended: please call us on +39 06 39967500
schools • kindergarten and primary school
Tuesday – Friday, 10.00 am to 11.30 and 11.30 am to 1.30 pm
activity € 80.00 per class group
reservations are required: please call us on +39 848.08.24.08
Spazio Fontana - Palazzo delle Esposizioni
admission free via entrance in Via Milano 13 - Rome
Sunday and Tuesday to Thursday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Friday and Saturday 10:00 am to 10:30 pm - Monday closed

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