Max Ernst. In the Garden of Nymph Ancolie
12 September 2007 – 27 January 2008
The artist Max Ernst was born in Brühl near Cologne in 1891 and died in Paris in 1976. The exhibition in Basel assembles around 150 of his works, some of which, on loan from international museums and galleries as well as private collectors, have rarely, and in certain cases never before, been shown in public.
This will therefore be the first comprehensive overview of the multifaceted œuvre of this painter, collagist and sculptor to be held in Switzerland since several decades. Throughout his life, Ernst was interested in exploring big issues – from Eros and Thanatos to the unconscious, the origins and metamorphoses of nature to their appropriation and co-option by man.
Ernst’s genius resided in his adaptation and transformation of existing artistic techniques, to which he added completely new ones such as collage, grattage, frottage and decalcomania. By using these as a vehicle, and by referring repeatedly to his own body of work, he not only questioned, but revolutionised the art world with more lasting effect than almost any other twentieth century artist.
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