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Collection


Collection

The Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR is the only museum dedicated to the life and work of the seminal artist, image poet, and cosmopolitan Max Ernst (1891–1976). The collection spans 70 years of one of the most important, versatile, and fascinating artists of the 20th century: his time in Brühl and Bonn, his Dadaist activities in the Rhineland, his contributions to the Surrealist movement in France, his exile in the USA, and finally his return to Europe in 1953.

Numerous paintings, drawings, frottages, and collages let visitors immerse themselves in the fantastic worlds of Max Ernst’s images and demonstrate his boundless inventiveness. Visitors can also look forward to seeing a unique collection of more than 70 bronze castings and sculptures on permanent loan from Kreissparkasse Köln. Decades of sculptural work by Max Ernst are represented by pieces from his own collection, including major works such as The King playing with the Queen or the Teaching staff for a school of murderers (Corps enseignant pour une école de tueurs). The former ballroom of the old palace that houses the museum is home to what is probably his most famous sculptural work: Capricorn, on loan from the collection of Deutsche Bank. Another permanent loan from Kreissparkasse Köln are the 36 Dpaintings.These works, which form a major part of the museum’s permanent collection, were originally painted as gifts to the artist’s fourth wife, Dorothea Tanning – a fellow artist who was a part of his life for more than three decades.

The collection also includes works owned by the Max Ernst Foundation, which includes almost the entire lithographic works of Max Ernst as well as a unique collection of more than 700 photographic portraits and documents by outstanding photographers such as Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Lee Miller.

To enable living discourse with the art of Max Ernst, the Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR frequently complements exhibitions from its collection with pieces on loan from public and private collections around the world. This creates evernew ways to approach the works of Max Ernst.



Capricorne

Max Ernst, Capricorne, 1948, bronze with anthracite and green patina, Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, Sammlung Deutsche Bank © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022



The Twentieth Century

Max Ernst, The Twentieth Century, 1955, oil on canvas, Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, Donation Peter Schneppenheim, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022 – film excerpt: Max Ernst, 1973, Courtesy of Menil Archives, The Menil Collection, Houston © Francois de Menil


Une Semaine de bonté (A week of kindness or the seven deadly elements)

Max Ernst, Une semaine de bonté ou Les sept éléments capitaux, 1934, collage novel, Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, Stiftung Max Ernst, Donation Dorothea Tanning © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022


Histoire naturelle

Max Ernst, Histoire naturelle, 1926, Collotype after frottage, Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, Stiftung Max Ernst © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022 – Archive excerpt from: Max Ernst. Mein Vagabundieren - Meine Unruhe, Direction and Script: Peter Schamoni, Camera: Victor Schamoni © Schamoni Film & Medien GmbH


L'oiseau soleil (Sunbird)

Max Ernst, L'oiseau soleil (Sonnenvogel), 1955, oil on canvas, Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, Stiftung Schneppenheim for the funding of the Max Ernst Museum © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022


Oiseau-tête (Bird’s head)

Max Ernst, Oiseau-tête (Bird’s head), 1934/35, Bronze, golden patinated, Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, Loan Kreissparkasse Köln © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022 - Josef Breitenbach, Max Ernst in his studio in Paris, 1937 © Josef and Yaye Breitenbach Charitable Foundation, courtesy Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR - Max Ernst, L'œil du Sphinx (The Eye of the Sphinx), 1930, Found Object (Present by Robert Penrose), Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, Stiftung Max Ernst, Donation Dorothea Tanning © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022


Petite Forêt (Little Forest)

Max Ernst, Petite Forêt (Little Forest), 1930, oil on cardboard, Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, Stiftung Max Ernst, Donation Max Ernst Gesellschaft © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022


Man Ray, Max Ernst

Man Ray, Max Ernst, 1934, Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, Stiftung Max Ernst © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022 - Man Ray, Marie Berthe Aurenche, Max Ernst, Lee Miller und Man Ray, Paris 1929, Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, Stiftung Max Ernst © Man Ray 2015 Trust / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022 – Archive excerpt from: Max Ernst. Mein Vagabundieren - Meine Unruhe, Direction and Script: Peter Schamoni, Camera: Victor Schamoni © Schamoni Film & Medien GmbH


Arizona desert after rain

Max Ernst, Arizona desert after rain, um 1948, oil on canvas, Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, Stiftung Max Ernst, Donation Waldemar Croon © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022 – Archive excerpts from: Max Ernst. Mein Vagabundieren - Meine Unruhe, Direction and Script: Peter Schamoni, Camera: Victor Schamoni © Schamoni Film & Medien GmbH


Les phases de la nuit (phases of the night)

Max Ernst, Les phases de la nuit, 1946, oil on canvas, Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, Loan Kreissparkasse Köln © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022