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Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR : Image. Max Ernst in Photographs


Next to Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, Max Ernst is one of the most photographed artist of the 20th century. He was portrayed under various circumstances and in a variety of contexts. Private snapshots, classic portraits and posed arrangements with artist friends tell of his multifaceted personality and his colourful artist life.

The spectrum of the around 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 the historical upheavals of his time, by changes of location and his involvement with the group of Dadaists and Surrealists, first in the Rhineland, then in Paris, later in exile in the USA, and in Europe.

The exhibition presents the extensive collection holdings of the museum, for the first time including an endowment of the artist Dorothea Tanning, the fourth wife of Max Ernst. With photographs from, among others, Berenice Abbott, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Yousuf Karsh,

Robert Lebeck, Lee Miller, Arnold Newman, Irving Penn, Edward Quinn and Man Ray the show questions  the artist‘s image. The image evolved both, in his own way of depicting himself as well as, and above all, under the gaze of others through the camera lens.


A comprehensive catalogue of the museum’s photography collection with 296 pages and more than 220 illustrations is published. It contains articles by Clara Märtterer, Achim Sommer, Friederike Voßkamp and Jürgen Wilhelm and is available for € 39,90 (Soft Cover) and as bound edition for € 49,90 in the museum shop.


Image. Max Ernst en Photo
January 15 – April 23, 2023
Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR
Comesstraße 42, 50321 Brühl, Germany

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