New York | Max Ernst: Beyond Painting at MoMA from September 23, 2017
By FEDERICA LUSIARDI - September 5, 2017
From September 23, 2017 through January 1, 2018, MoMA – the Museum of Modern Art in New York features the exhibition Max Ernst: Beyond Painting.
cover-image: Max Ernst, The Hat Makes the Man (C’est le chapeau qui fait l’homme),1920. Gouache, pencil, oil, and ink on cut‑and‑pasted printed paper on paper. 13 7/8 x 17 3/4″ (35.2 x 45.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase, 1935. Photo: Paige Knight. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.
The exhibition focuses on the incessant research of probably the greatest of all Surrealist artists, born in Germany in 1891, whose visionary work was shaped by innovative expressive techniques through which the artist was able to go “beyond painting”.
The about 100 works on view illustrate such research; they comprise graphic works made with the frottage technique, collages, illustrated books, sculptures in painted stone and bronze, and prints.
The exhibition also presents a late masterpiece by Ernst, recently acquired by MoMA, made in 1964 and entitled ”65 Maximiliana, ou l’exercice illégale de l’astronomie”; the work is an illustrated book, with 34 aquatints, featuring a revolutionary graphic design and a custom hyerogliphic script conceived by Ernst himself.
Max Ernst, The Gramineous Bicycle Garnished with Bells the Dappled Fire Damps and the Echinoderms Bending the Spine to Look for Caresses (La Biciclette graminée garnie de grelots les grisons grivelés et les échinodermes courbants l’échine pour quêter des caresses). c. 1921. Gouache, ink, and pencil on printed paper on paperboard. 29 1/4 x 39 1/4″ (74.3 x 99.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase, 1937. Photo: Robert Gerhardt. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.
Max Ernst, Birds above the Forest (Oiseaux au-dessus de la forêt). 1929. Oil on canvas. 31 3/4 x 25 1/4″ (80.6 x 64.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Katherine S. Dreier Bequest, 1953. Photo: John Wronn. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.
Max Ernst, Loplop Introduces Members of the Surrealist Group (Loplop présente les membres du groupe surréaliste),1931. Cut‑and‑pasted gelatin silver prints, cut‑and‑pasted printed paper, pencil, and pencil frottage on paper. 19 3/4 x 13 1/4″ (50.1 x 33.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase, 1935. Photo: John Wronn. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.
Max Ernst: Beyond Painting
MoMA-Museum of Modern Art
September 23, 2017 / January 01, 2018
(Floor Two, The Paul J. Sachs Galleries)