Max Ernst (1891–1976) is one of modernism’s most versatile artists. Having started out as a Dadaist in Cologne, he soon became a pioneer of Surrealism in Paris. A tireless creator of new figures, forms and techniques, Max Ernst kept on evolving in new directions even up to his late years. His remarkable oeuvre, which defies any clear stylistic definition, was also shaped by his eventful life and the many different places in which he lived in Europe and America.
The major retrospective at the Fondation Beyeler will present an exemplary selection of over 170 paintings, drawings, collages, sculptures and books by Max Ernst that encompass all aspects of his work. For the first time in Switzerland, visitors will be able to experience the full richness of Max Ernst’s multifaceted oeuvre.
Maurizio Cattelan (b. 1960 in Padua, Italy) has been delivering surprises with his sculptures since the 1990s. Following the announcement of his retirement from the art world, his project for the Fondation Beyeler is awaited with great anticipation.
German artist Thomas Schütte (b. 1954) was for a long time known primarily for his architecturally themed models and objects. Only more recently has attention focused upon Schütte’s parallel and equally rich body of work in sculpture and drawing, which is centered upon the human figure. This facet of his oeuvre forms the starting point of the exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler, which shows Thomas Schütte as one of the most unusual and fascinating artists of his generation. Taking up the tradition of figurative sculpture, Schütte creates figures and heads that assert their irrevocable place in the present, both in their immediacy and their manufacture. Whether ceramics the size of a hand or steel sculptures four meters high, the figures and heads by Thomas Schütte are in a strange way at once foreign and familiar, and engage us at a directly personal level.