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International Decorative Art

MAgriTTA Chair

MAgriTTA Chair

Design Date
1970

Designer
Roberto Matta (1911–2002, Chilean)

Manufacturer
Gavina (1946–1968) / Knoll International (1938–present), Foligno, Italy

Media
acrylic fabric over polyurethane foam

Dimensions
24 x 32 x 38 inches

Roberto Matta designed this chair as a tribute to his friend and fellow surrealist painter René Magritte. The apple and black bowler hat are two of Magritte’s trademarks, derived from his 1946 self-portrait The Son of Man. In the painting, Magritte shows himself wearing a black suit, bowler hat and red necktie. The surrealist aspect is a green apple floating mid-air which hides his face. Matta playfully adapted the painting by creating a fiberglass bowler hat, set upside-down, with a green foam apple inside it. When sat on, the foam of the apple would have compressed into the hat. The name MAgriTTA is a combination of the names Magritte and Matta.

Not currently on view

Markings
unmarked

Credit Line
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number
2004.1979

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