Stockholm, Moderna Museet

The German artist Max Ernst (1891-1976) was a leading Surrealist and a proponent of Dadaism, making him one of the most influential and exciting artists of the twentieth century. He constantly reinvented his painterly style and approach to art.

The exhibition brings together around 175 paintings, collages, works on paper and sculptures. It concentrates on Ernst's Dada years in Cologne, his Surrealist years in Paris from 1921-1941, his exile in the US after he had been persecuted by the Nazis, and his production during the 1960s and early 1970s following his return to Europe. The fantastical and sometimes terrifying depictions in his canvases reflect the turbulent times he witnessed in Europe through the two world wars and the Spanish Civil War.

One of the paintings on display is "La Vierge corrigeant l´enfant Jésus devant tres témoins: André Breton, Paul Éluard et le peintre" (1926). Highly controversial, it portrays the Virgin Mary smacking Jesus on his bottom, which has turned red from her smacks. Adding humor to the scene, it shows André Breton, Paul Éluard and "the painter" – perhaps referring to Ernst himself – observing the scene.

September 20, 2008, through January 11, 2009
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