Next to Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, Max Ernst is one of the most photographed artist personalities 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 historical upheavals, 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, as well as in Europe.
The exhibition revolving around the representation of Max Ernst in the medium of photography presents the extensive collection holdings of the museum with photographs from, among others, Berenice Abbott, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Lebeck, Lee Miller, Irving Penn and Man Ray, for the first time including an endowment of the artist Dorothea Tanning, the fourth wife of Max Ernst.