Max Ernst (b. Germany, 1891 – 1976) is one of the most prominent figures from the Dada and Surrealist movements of the 20th Century, and known for being a master of provocation. Ernst’s body of work demonstrates his persistent engagement with culture, especially in terms of the social and political climate. His subjects range from ancient mythology to literature to theory, often imbued with undertones of the artist’s biting humor. While varied, Ernst’s work also exhibits consistency in the recurring scenes of highly incongruent and disorienting groups of figures and objects that often display striking disruptions of scale, invoking an overwhelming sense of anxiety. For Ernst, art was a device by which the nightmarish realities of the world could be reflected.

EXHIBITIONS
Paris, Galerie Alexandre Iolas, Max Ernst: Le néant et son double, January 30 – February 24 1968 (other examples exhibited).
Tokyo, Yomiuri Shimbun Contemporary Sculpture Center, Max Ernst, Sculpture Exhibition, October 8 – December 22 1994 (other examples exhibited).
Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou and Düsseldorf, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Max Ernst, Sculptures, Maisons, Paysages, May 5 – November 29 1998 (other examples exhibited).
Malaga, Museo Picasso, Beyond Painting: Max Ernst in the Würth Collection, September 22 2008 – March 1 2009 (another example of Big Brother exhibited).
Musée de Beaux-Arts de Tours, Max Ernst, October 17 2009 – January 18 2010 (other examples exhibited). Kunsthalle Würth and Salzburg, Museum der Moderne, Albtraum und Befreiung—Max Ernst in der Sammlung Würth, October 16 2009 – October 3 2010 (other examples exhibited).
New York, Paul Kasmin Gallery, Max Ernst, Big Brother: Teaching Staff for a School of Murderers, March 30 – May 16 2017.

Max Ernst