M&L Fine Art presents a survey exhibition dedicated to Max Ernst (1891 – 1976), a giant of twentieth-century art and leading Surrealist artist. The show features fifteen works from an exceptional private collection, covering Ernst’s entire career from 1925 to 1971, acquired largely in the 1950s and 1960s by a prominent Italian collector and friend of the artist. Characterized by its personal, domestic and intimate character, this body of works aptly elucidates Ernst’s belief that the artist should be a diver in subterranean depths, probing the mysteries of the unconscious and its imagination.
Unseen in public for two decades, the works on display come from key periods of Max Ernst’s career and have appeared in the some of the most important exhibitions of the artist’s work, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Art Institute Chicago exhibitions, 1961; Palazzo Grassi, Venice, 1966; and Haus der Kunst Munich, 1979. The works’ exceptional provenance, linked to major galleries and dealers of Ernst, Alexander Lolas and Arturo Schwarz, further testifies the scope and breadth of the collection.
This show includes works that encompass the full range of different techniques investigated by the artist, including oil on canvas and panel, frottage, collage, grattage, drawing and gesso. With this show, M&L Fine Art aims to not only represent the life and work of the artist, but also to transmit the intimate vision of the collector who assembled this significant group of works reflecting every aspect of the artist’s career.