Max Ernst – Au dessus des nuages marche la minuit, 1920 – Photographische Vergrößerung einer Collage – © VBK, Wien 2012 / Kunsthaus Zürich

From 23 January 2013 to 5 May 2013 – Albertina

First retrospective in Austria – of Max Ernst, the great pictorial inventor. Presenting a selection of 150 paintings, collages, and sculptures, as well as relevant examples of illustrated books and documents, the exhibition will assemble works related to all of the artist’s periods, discoveries, and techniques, thereby introducing his life and œuvre within a both biographic and historical context.

Max Ernst – la puberté proche… (les pléiades), 1921 – Collage, Gouache und Öl auf Papier, auf Karton aufgezogen -
© VBK, Wien 2012 / Privatsammlung

ogether with Matisse, Picasso, Beckmann, Kandinsky, and Warhol, Max Ernst no doubt numbers among the leading figures of 20th-century art history. An early protagonist of Dadaism, a pioneer of Surrealism, and the inventor of such sophisticated techniques as collage, frottage, grattage, decalcomania, and oscillation, he withdraws his work from catchy definition. His inventiveness when it comes to handling pictorial and inspirational techniques, the breaks between his countless work phases, and his switching back and forth between themes cause irritation. Yet what remains a constant is his consistence in terms of contradiction.