Marjac

Néo-surréaliste collagiste

Jacques Marchal

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Marjac, collagist and surrealist artist

"To be surrealistic is to banish the already seen from the spirit and to seek the not yet seen."

René Magritte

Surrealism is an artistic movement that announces its official existence by the appearance of the Manifesto of Surrealism in 1924. The movement owes its name to the French poet Guillaume Apollinaire who, in 1917, uses the term super-realistic to name a form of expression which exceeds realism. In its origin, surrealism is essentially literary. The principle is quickly adopted by the visual arts, music, cinema and photography. Surrealism developed in Paris, then the world capital of art, which has a strong attraction for artists from Europe and the United States. From 1924, Belgium is the first country other than France where the first surrealist initiatives are born. These latter will lead to the establishment of a surrealist scene where the spontaneous, the unconscious and the rational game are at the center of creation. It is the creative process that takes precedence, not the art object as an artistic result.

Marjac, artiste collagiste et surréaliste

Through a thematic tour revealing the atypical personality of Giorgio de Chirico, the spectator will immerse himself in the mysterious, dreamlike and poetic universe of the Italian artist, a universe that Marjac's collages undoubtedly belong to.
From 1910, de Chirico is one of the pioneers of modern art, whose work inspires the birth of surrealism. In Belgium, the discovery of his work by René Magritte, Paul Delvaux and Jane Graverol is at the origin of revelations that determine the evolution of their career.
By the spirit that emerges from his works, Marjac has been described as the "Magritte of collage".