Catalog of an exhibition held at Albertina, Vienna, Jan. 23 - May 5, 2013, and at Fondation Beyeler, Riehen / Basel, May 26 - Sept. 8, 2013.
Emigration: loss and conquest / Werner Spies -- Max Ernst and Tristan Tzara's Dadaglobe / Adrian Sudhalter -- Transformations and re-formations: Max Ernst's representations of the body / Raphaël Bouvier -- Max Ernst and the stagings of his exhibitions / Jürgen Pech -- Max Ernst and the history of modern painting / Ralph Ubl -- Neither hunter nor gatherer: Max Ernst and artifacts / Julia Drost -- Shipping on the grass: Max Ernst, Woman's nudity is wiser than the philosopher's teachings / Gabriele Wix
"Max Ernst (1891-1976) is one of the most versatile artists of the modern era. Starting out as a Dadaist in Cologne, he soon became one of the pioneers of Surrealism in Paris. In his persistent discovery of new figures, forms, and techniques, Ernst continued to reorient himself throughout his life, creating a unique body of work whose development was influenced by his eventful life and changing domiciles in Europe and America. The ingenuity in his treatment of the sources of his paintings and inspiration, the different stages of his work, and the changing themes are stunning. The publication shows the wealth of the artist's oeuvre in an exemplary selection of around 170 paintings, drawings, collages, and sculptures, making it possible to experience his approach, which involved drawing on the past, the current political events of the day, and a prophetic, visionary view of the future."--Publisher's website.