Musée d'Orsay: Max Ernst, "Une semaine de bonté" — the Original Collages

Max Ernst, "Une semaine de bonté" — the Original Collages

Max ErnstOedipus 25© ADAGP, Paris © Photo Peter Ertl.
After 1850, sensational images were to be found everywhere: in books and magazines, and newspapers and advertisements of every sort.
Born in 1891, Max Ernst was a child of this revolution. He would take advantage of his culture and visual memories in 1933 deciding, when the Surrealist movement was at its height, to use a number of old illustrations for his own purposes.

He used Sade and Fantômas, Doré and Grandville as sources as well as the covers of detective stories. The book that came out of this brilliant plundering in 1934 — without text and consisted of one part for each day of the week — clearly shows how the 20th century took inspiration from its predecessor.


Werner Spies

Joint production: Albertina, Vienna / Max Ernst Museum, Brühl / Hamburg Kunsthalle / Fundación cultural MAPFRE, madrid / Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Exhibition also presented in Brühl, Max Ernst Museum, from 10 May to 7 September 2008, in Hamburg, Kunsthalle, from 19 September 2008 to 11 January 2009 and in Madrid, Fundación cultural MAPFRE from 11 February to 31 May 2009

30 June - 13 September 2009
Musée d'Orsay

Rooms 67, 68, 69 and 70

Admission with the museum ticket

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