Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR presents 2023 exhibition program.
Image. Max Ernst in Photographs
January 15–April 23, 2023
Max Ernst, along with Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, is one of the most photographed artists of the twentieth century. He was represented in a variety of settings and circumstances. Private pictures, classic portraits, and arranged setups with artist pals reveal his diverse personality and vibrant artistic life.
The spectrum of the approximately 150 selected images, which originated at various times and occasions, provide a photographic perspective on his life, which was marked by his personal experience of two world wars and historical upheavals, by changes of location, and his involvement with the group of Dadaists and Surrealists, first in the Rhineland, then in Paris, and later in exile in the United States and Europe.
The exhibition, centered on Max Ernst’s representation in photography, showcases the museum’s extensive collection holdings, including photographs by, among others, Berenice Abbott, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Lebeck, Lee Miller, Irving Penn, and Man Ray, and includes, for the first time, an endowment from Max Ernst’s fourth wife, artist Dorothea Tanning.
Luise Straus Prize / Max Ernst Grant
May 14–July 16, 2023
The Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR presents the recipients of the Rhineland Regional Council (LVR) Luise Straus Prize and the Max Ernst Grant, which is being presented to foreign art students for the 53rd time by the City of Brühl. The award is given on the birthday of the artist Max Ernst, who was born in Brühl. The Luise Straus Prize recognizes a woman artist for “outstanding works in the realm of Fine Arts” every two years.
August 27, 2023–January 28, 2024
The effects of globalisation and digitalisation, the ecological catastrophe, conflict with colonial systems, and increasing diversity define our age. Surreal Futures unites roughly 30 international viewpoints from the realms of digital and media art that address the pressing issues of the twenty-first century.
Contemporary tendencies are portrayed in the sense of a new type of “SurRealism” in an investigation of Surrealism and Max Ernst: an art that envisions itself beyond reality, reflects changes in our lived-in world, and visualizes speculative future scenarios.
With contributions from seventeen nations, the project brings Surrealism’s relevance to life through interactive video works, virtual and augmented reality artworks, hybrid installations, digital collages, and multimedia performances. For the first time, contemporary pieces will be displayed alongside Max Ernst’s works in the collection. In light of current issues, this fosters a dialogue between Max Ernst and modern artists.
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