Max Ernst, In the Garden of Nymph Ancolie
Tinguely Museum

Painter, collagist and sculptor, Max Ernst explored weighty classical themes by adapting existing artistic techniques to collage, grattage, frottage and decalcomania. He not only manipulted conventions of medium but also of ideas, exploring themes of machinery and eroticism, self-portaiture and subjectvity, and the creative chance of collage and found objects.

For the duration of the exhibition, the painting Pétales et jardin de la nymphe Ancolie will be restored by conservators working in a special show workshop, a rare opportunity to watch the process that will return it to its original radiance. Originally conceived in 1934 as a mural for Zürich's Corso Dancing bar, showing a female creature partially hidden behind large, brightly coloured petals, Pétales et jardin de la nymphe Ancolie will be surrounded by a group of complementary works dating from the 1930s in the theme of gardens and plants, illuminating the genius of Ernst's unconscious and mythological universe.

September 12, 2007, to January 27, 2008

Paul Sacher-Anlage 1
Postfach 3255
CH-4002 Basel

Tel: +41 61 681 93 20