Max Ernst. An Ornithologist’s Dreams

International Cultural Centre, Krakow
From 30 May until 28 August 2016

Max Ernst, The Escapee, 1926 © Adagp, Paris 2016

The exhibition of works by Max Ernst, one of the most versatile and creative artists of the 20th century, introduces the artist’s oeuvre through the prism of his deep conviction about his avian origin and his reference to the figure of bird as his artistic alter ego. This fascination works as a pretext to present the artist’s remarkable invention in experimenting with new artistic techniques (including collage, frottage, grattage, decalcomania, and oscillation), as well as the role he played in creating important trends in 20th century art, such as Dadaism, Surrealism, and allusive abstraction. The display features over 100 works of art, including 8 sculptures, 5 oil paintings, 20 collages and over 60 prints. It is fleshed out with photographs and excerpts from Ernst’s writing which illustrate and testify to his outstanding personality.