Notes



1 The term is taken from the lecture list of a French architectural school: Activities d'enseignements 1988/89; Ecole d'architecture de Paris-La Villette: P. Boudon: Architecturologie -Theories et doctrines architecturales; : 148/49. See also the series of the same school about 'thinking space' (Penser l'espace).

2 This remark of Magritte was reported by Maurice Rapin (Aporisms 1970 : 20) acc. to Torczyner, London 1979 : 48.

3 1939, Passeron, Cologne 1985 : 23. In regard to all cited pictures the following is valid: The titles do not describe the content of the pictures. This is not only corresponding to Magritte's skeptical attitude in regard to language. In an interview Georgette Magritte explains how casually the titles were found, talking playfully with friends, purposely arbitrary. "The title is not an explanation of the picture." (Passeron 1985 : 13)

4 Letter of Magritte to Maurice Rapin. 31. March 1958, acc. to Torczyner 1979 : 46

5 This should be taken in the sense of anarchitecturo-theoretical interpretation, the intention is not to classifythis structure into the history of religion (see e.g. Mircea Eliade: the Holy and the Profane). Hinting to Chinese thought, it could be argued then that heaven and earth and the polar door have a much higher proximity in the polar cognitive system than they have in our analytical system of judgments.

6 La reponse imprevue 1933, Mus. Royaux Brussles.Retrospective R. Magritte, Tokyo 1971, S. Torczyner 1979 : 34

7 1960, Passeron 1985 : 72/73

8 53x35, non dated, Passeron 1985, : 71

9 Le tombeau des lutteurs 1960; Torczyner 1979, : 76

10 La chambre d'ecoute, oil on canvas, 1953;Torczyner : 77

11 L'anniversaire, 1959; oil on canvas, Toronto,Canada. Torczyner : 78

12 1955. Hermitage, Lausanne 1987 : 16 (110 bis)

13 Les valeurs personnelles, 1952, Private collection, New York; Torczyner 1979, S. 16/17.

l4 1945 Coll. Scutenaire, Brussels; Torczyner
1979, : 98.

l5 L'usage de Ia Parole. 1932, Coll. Scutenaire,
Brussels; Torczyner 1979, S. 54 (Nr. 60).

l6 Golconde, 1953, priv. US; Torczyner 1979,
: 69 (Nr.78) and Passeron 1970, : 8/9 (section).


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