Picture. Max Ernst in photographs

Next to Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, Max Ernst is one of the most photographed artists of the 20th century. He was portrayed under different circumstances and in different contexts. Private snapshots, classic portraits and posed arrangements with artist friends tell about his multifaceted personality and his colorful artistic life.

The spectrum of the approximately 150 selected images, created at different times and occasions, provides a photographic perspective of his life, which was marked by his personal experience of two world wars and the historical upheavals of his time, by changes of location and his involvement in the group of Dadaists and Surrealists, first in the Rhineland, then in Paris, later in exile in the USA and in Europe.

The exhibition presents the museum’s extensive holdings, including for the first time an endowment by the artist Dorothea Tanning, Max Ernst’s fourth wife. With photographs from, among others, Berenice Abbott, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Yousuf Karsh,

Robert Lebeck, Lee Miller, Arnold Newman, Irving Penn, Edward Quinn and Man Ray question the artist’s image. The image developed both in his own way of portraying himself as well as, and above all, under the gaze of others through the camera lens.

A comprehensive catalog of the museum’s photo collection is published, with 296 pages and more than 220 illustrations. It contains articles by Clara Märtterer, Achim Sommer, Friederike Voßkamp and Jürgen Wilhelm and is available for €39.90 (Soft Cover) and as a hardcover for €49.90 in the museum shop.

Picture. Max Ernst a photo
15 January – 23 April 2023
Max Ernst Museum Brühl from LVR
Comesstrasse 42, 50321 Brühl, Germany

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