Like the Renaissance - Max Ernst, Genius of a Thousand Faces

Like the Renaissance - Max Ernst, Genius of a Thousand Faces
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At the Venice Biennial of 1954, an usher didn’t recognise him and blocked his entrance. Max Ernst didn’t flinch - he turned around and wandered about the churches of the Lagoon, looking for a Tintoretto, skipping the award ceremony in which he was to be given first prize for one of his paintings. Perhaps it was his sense of understatement, or his charming complexity which made Ernst a famed painter while being understand by very view down deep. For the first time in Italy, a large exhibition explores his immense and multiform output, thanks to 400 works gathered in Milan from important international museums. At the Palazzo Reale, paintings, sculptures, collages, drawings, photos and illustrated books narrate the visionary genius of “one of the greatest artists of the 1900s, one of the most cited and discussed, elegant and with a life as adventurous as any novel”, whose works “evade all definition, but are always marked by playfulness, curiosity and wonder,” write curators Martina Mazzotta and Jürgen Pech. Max Ernst the surrealist, the dadaist, the romantic, the pataphysicist, erudite and humanist, interested in the Renaissance - with enigmas and intriguing cross-references, the exhibition offers his creative journey, the illustrious friends, the extraordinary loves of an artist who possessed a “genius way of making poetry out of the banal, of looking courageously into the darkness as much as into the light, extending his gaze to the limits of the visible - as much today as yesterday.”

Francesca Grego - © 2022 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano