MAX ERNST. UNE SEMAINE DE BONTÉ

A SURREALISTIC NOVEL

20 February 2008 - 27 April 2008
Max Ernst
Une semaine de bonté - A Surrealist Novel

Max Ernst’s collages for Une semaine de bonté (A Week of Kindness) are among the best-kept secrets of 20th century art. The artist created them in 1933 as a surrealist collage novel, which was published in Paris as a five-part series over the course of 1934.

 

He took the images from late 19th century French popular novels. Their plots frequently revolved around jealousy and violent death.

 

The maudlin wood engravings illustrating this pulp fiction served as the source material for Une semaine de bonté , which ranks as one of the seminal works of Surrealism.

 

The exhibition presents all 182 original collages of the absurdist-fantasy comic strip.