The Museum of Our Wishes
The exhibition The Museum of Our Wishes came about in winter 1963-64 on the initiative of the Friends of Moderna Museet. A large number of works considered to be essential to the Museum’s collection were borrowed, and a miracle was achieved: Moderna Museet received a one-off grant of SEK 5 million from the Swedish government. Suddenly, the collection had grown to be one of the finest of its kind. The exhibition was pivotal to Moderna Museet’s further development. Works by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Ernst, Giacomo Balla, Giorgio de Chirico, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso were thus added to the collection.
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The Museum of Our Wishes
© Max Ernst/Bildupphovsrätt 2020
Artist:Max Ernst
Max Ernst
1891 - 1976
Germany Figure humaine, 1931
Human Figure
Oil on plaster on wood
Bildmått: 183 × 100 cm Ram: 185,4 × 101,6 × 4,5 cm
Purchase 1967 (The Museum of Our Wishes)
NM 5776 This artwork is not on display
- About the work
The unconscious was central to the surrealists. Along the lines of Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytical theories, they wanted to go beyond the limits of the conscious mind, unleash the uninhibited and the irrational. In pursuit of this ambition, Ernst "invented" the frottage in 1925: by rubbing a pencil on paper he could transfer different patterns from the rough surface under the paper. Chance was the artistic motor; the conscious was merely one factor among others in the creative process. Out of the rough, moss-like surface of Human Figure a hybrid of bird, insect and plant emerges, with an unmistakable sexual undertone.
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