Max Ernst – Dream and Revolution / Exhibition at the Moderna Museet

Moderna Museet, Stockholm [Sweden]

Max Ernst – Dream and Revolution
Exhibition > 11 January, 2009

The time has come to take a new look at the oeuvre of German artist Max Ernst (1891-1976). As one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, and a leading surrealist, Max Ernst continues to fascinate and inspire to this day.

Max Ernst – Dream and Revolution

Photo: Anna Riwkin
© All rights reserved

”His petrified fantasy worlds appeal to a new, young audience that recognises the settings from the fiction and cyberspace of computer games. But contemporary artists are also intrigued by Max Ernst’s multifaceted art,” says curator Iris Müller-Westermann.

The exhibition focuses on Max Ernst’s dada years in Cologne, his surrealist period in France, 1921-1941, and the period of more than a decade of exile in the USA. Finally, his late production from the 1960s and early 1970s, after his return to Europe, will also be featured, when Ernst developed towards the abstract in relation to a cosmic imagery.

The exhibition highlights an oeuvre between dream and revolution, and studies how Max Ernst’s art reflects the politically turbulent epoch in Europe, which was racked by two world wars and the Spanish Civil War during his lifetime. Iris Müller-Westermann: “Max Ernst is an artist who, throughout his career, constantly changed his approach and style and persistently challenged what art could be.”

Max Ernst

Max Ernst
Human Figure, 1931
© Max Ernst/BUS 2008

Max Ernst

Max Ernst
La Vierge corrigeant l´enfant Jésus devant tres témoins: André Breton, Paul Éluard et le peintre, 1926
© Max Ernst/BUS 2008
Museum Ludwig, Köln
Foto: Rheinisches Bildarchiv, Köln

Max Ernst

Max Ernst
Loplop présente Loplop, 1931
© Max Ernst/BUS 2008
Dorothea Tanning

Max Ernst – Dream and Revolution will comprise some 175 works; paintings, collages, works on paper and sculptures. The exhibition is produced jointly with Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst in Denmark, to which it will proceed in spring 2009. In conjunction with the exhibition an extensively illustrated catalogue will be published in Swedish, English and German, by Hatje Cantz Verlag.

The curator team consists of the German art historian and Max Ernst expert Werner Spies; Iris Müller-Westermann, curator of international art at Moderna Museet, and Kirsten Degel, curator at Louisiana Museum.

Exhibition architecture and catalogue design: chezweitz & roseapple, Berlin.

    © 2008 Moderna Museet
    Images © All rights reserved


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