Max Ernst Dadaville c.1924

Artwork details

Artist
Max Ernst 1891–1976
Title
Dadaville
Date c.1924
Medium Painted plaster and cork on canvas
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 680 x 560 x 63 mm
frame: 856 x 742 x 117mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1983
Reference
T03707

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Ernst was a key figure in the anarchic circles of Cologne Dada before moving to Paris and the emerging Surrealist movement. This strange work dates from that moment of transition. The use of rough cork is typical of Ernst’s inventive exploration of materials. By making the walls of the Dada city from this unexpected substance, he may offer a wry reflection on Dada’s temporary, but resilient, nature.

July 2008

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