Saturday, June 23, 2012

Beware of images

"In 1929, the Belgian artist Rene Magritte created The Treachery of Images. The painting showed a pipe, and under it the paradoxical inscription This is not a pipe. When it was pointed out to him that what he had created was in fact a pipe, Magritte replied “OK, you should try filling it with tobacco then”.

Stated 10 years before the infamous WWII propaganda campaigns, Magritte’s warning was clear: Beware of the seductive and deceptive power of images.