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“Before he descends\, a di ver never knows what he will bring back up.” (Max Ernst)

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The Albertina will devote an exhibition - his first retrosp ective in Austria - to Max Ernst\, the great pictorial inventor. Presenting a selection of 180 paintings\, collages\, and sculptures\, as well as rele vant examples of illustrated books and documents\, the exhibition will asse mble works related to all of the artist’s periods\, discoveries\, and techn iques\, thereby introducing his life and œuvre within a both biographic and historical context.

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Together with Matisse\, Picasso \, Beckmann\, Kandinsky\, and Warhol\, Max Ernst no doubt numbers among the leading figures of 20th-century art history. An early protagonist of Dadai sm\, a pioneer of Surrealism\, and the inventor of such sophisticated techn iques as collage\, frottage\, grattage\, decalcomania\, and oscillation\, h e withdraws his work from catchy definition. His inventiveness when it come s to handling pictorial and inspirational techniques\, the breaks between h is countless work phases\, and his switching back and forth between themes cause irritation. Yet what remains a constant is his consistence in terms o f contradiction.
Max Ernst was a restless personality who always strov e for freedom. Torn between the realization of his personal aims in life an d the social and political obstacles during a turbulent period\, he neverth eless always looked ahead: a “flight into the future”. A misunderstood and revolting artist\, he had moved from Cologne to Paris in 1922\, where he jo ined the circle of the Surrealists\; he was detained as hostile alien twice \, attempted to get away\, and was released thanks to lucky “coincidences”. In 1941 he escaped into American exile
Remembrance\, discovery\, recy cling\, and collage were the combined motor that drove him in his work.  Un der these aspects\, the exhibition positions Max Ernst’s œuvre between refe rences to the past\, contemporary political events\, and a prophetic and vi sionary perspective of the future. He who attested to himself a “virginity complex” in the face of empty canvases went always in search of means that would allow him to augment the hallucinatory capacities of his mind\, so th at visions would arise automatically in order to “rid him of his blindness” .

DTEND:20130505 DTSTAMP:20140724T175417 DTSTART:20130123 GEO:48.2045607;16.368969 LOCATION:Albertina\,Albertinaplatz 1 \nVienna\, 1010 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Retrospective\, Max Ernst UID:256067 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130123T210000 DTSTAMP:20140724T175417 DTSTART:20130123T100000 GEO:48.2045607;16.368969 LOCATION:Albertina\,Albertinaplatz 1 \nVienna\, 1010 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Retrospective\, Max Ernst UID:256068 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR