The London gallery of Milanese art dealers Matteo Lampertico and Luca
Gracis, aptly named M & L Fine Art, is showing a collection of works by Max Ernst that span his career across two continents. The exhibition opens in London on October 1st with a lecture by Professor Dawn Adès, an authority on Surrealism, who will discuss Max Ernst and his legacy.
That follows a private view held the evening before . Here’s part of the release from M & L:
M&L Fine Art presents a survey exhibition dedicated to Max Ernst (1891 – 1976), a giant of twentieth-century art and leading Surrealist artist. The show features fifteen works from an exceptional private collection, covering Ernst’s entire career and spanning from 1925 to 1971. The works were acquired largely in the1950s and 1960s by a prominent Italian collector and close friend of the artist. Characterized by its personal, domestic and intimate character, this body of works elucidates Ernst’s belief that the artist should be a diver in subterranean depths, probing the mysteries of the unconscious and the imagination.
Unseen in public for two decades, the works on display come from key periods of Max Ernst’s career and have appeared in the some of the most important exhibitions of the artist’s work, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Art Institute Chicago exhibitions, 1961; Palazzo Grassi, Venice, 1966; and Haus der Kunst Munich, 1979. The works’ exceptional provenance, linked to the major galleries and dealers of Ernst, Alexander Iolas and Arturo Schwarz, further underlines the scope and breadth of the collection.
This show includes works that encompass the full range of different techniques investigated by the artist, including oil on canvas and panel, frottage, collage, grattage, drawing and gesso. With this show, M&L Fine Art aims to not only represent the life and work of the artist, but also to transmit the intimate vision of the collector who assembled this significant group of works reflecting every aspect of the artist’s career.