Presented in Milan: the great Max Ernst exhibition

immagine Max Ernst, L'ange du foyer, 1937 olio su tela_54 x 74 cm Private Collection © Max Ernst by SIAE 2022


The first retrospective exhibition in Italy to be devoted to Max Ernst (1891-1976), the German painter, sculptor, poet and art theorist, later naturalized American and French, opens in Milan on 4 October.

The exhibition, promoted and produced by the Municipality of Milan-Culture and Palazzo Reale with Electa, in conjunction with Madeinart, is curated by Martina Mazzotta and Jürgen Pech.

Over 400 works are on display, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, collages, jewellery and illustrated books from museums, foundations and private collections, in Italy and abroad. Among them: the GAM in Turin, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Ca’ Pesaro Museum in Venice, the Tate Gallery in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Cantini Museum in Marseille, the State Museums and the Arp Foundation in Berlin, the Beyeler Foundation  in Basel, the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum in Madrid.

As in an immense Wunderkammer, and by analogy with the universe of Max Ernst, the exhibition and the volume that accompanies it challenge visitors to try their hand at fascinating and intriguing games of perception between amazement and wonder, where logic and formal harmony are accompanied by impenetrable enigmas, where works, techniques and constellations of symbols lead beyond painting.

Max Ernst
curated by Martina Mazzotta and Jürgen Pech
Milan, Palazzo Reale
4 October 2022 – 26 February 2023
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