The first retrospective in Italy dedicated to painter, sculptor and poet Max Ernst opens at the Palazzo Reale in Milan. An exhibition promoted and produced by Electa editore with the City of Milan and Palazzo Reale, in collaboration with Madeinart, curated by Martina Mazzotta and Jürgen Pech. Impossible to frame because of the breadth of themes and experimentation, Ernst’s work spans seventy years of 20th century history, between Europe and the United States. The artist, a profound connoisseur and visionary interpreter of art history, philosophy, science and alchemy, is presented by the exhibition itinerary as a humanist in the neo-Renaissance sense. The exhibition brings together more than 400 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and many other documents: some of these, included among the loans thanks to the curators’ valuable investigative work, have not been exhibited to the public for many years. Through an itinerary organized according to four periods and located in 9 thematic rooms, visitors will be able to retrace Ernst’s adventurous creative parabola, marked by the great events of the 20th century.

“Max Ernst,” at the Royal Palace from October 4 to February 26, 2023.

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1. Coordinated image by Leonardo Sonnoli, Max Ernst, L’ange du foyer, 1937 oil on canvas_54 x 74 cm Private Collection © Max Ernst by SIAE 2022.

2. Exhibition layouts © Lorenzo Palmieri for Electa.