The Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR is the first and only museum worldwide dedicated to the large uvre of Max Ernst (1891-1976), artist of a century and cosmopolitan. It offers a review of the versatile work of the Dadaist and Surrealist whose imagery worlds are characterised by a stunning creativity and a remarkable force of inspiration - barely known with any other artist of the twentieth century .
The Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR is located in the artist's native city next to the Unesco World Cultural Heritage Augustusburg Palace and park. The museum building combines old and new elements. Cologne architects Thomas van den Valentyn and Seyed Mohammad Oreyzi focussed on the rebuilding of the listed 19th century classical three-winged building
The old building was extended by a central glass pavilion. In 2005, the Max Ernst Museum was awarded a prize for the "exemplary restoration of a historical building in North Rhine-Westphalia". The artist's birthplace is close to the former tripper's restaurant, which the teenage Max Ernst himself frequented.
The collection comprises works carried out by Max Ernst over seventy years: the Dadaist activities in the Rhineland, the participation in the Surrealist movement in France, the exile in the U.S. and finally the return to Europe in 1953. Besides the early works, the Max Ernst Museum also holds the Schneppenheim collection which comprises Max Ernst's nearly complete graphical uvre. A further highlight and the exhibition's "core" are the 36 "D-paintings": birthday presents and love gifts from Max Ernst to his wife, the artist Dorothea Tanning, his companion for more than 30 years. Finally, a unique mixed lot of more than 700 photographic documents tracing the artist's life form part of the collection.
A comprehensive range of permanent loans from the Kreissparkasse Köln is part of the collection: Over 70 sculptures, a unique ensemble covering several decades of the artist's sculptural work, formerly belonged to the artist's personal collection.
To allow for an in-depth analysis of Max Ernst's uvre, the museum adds to the permanent exhibition various loans from international private and public collections every six months. Thus the concept Schausammlung im Wechsel" (Permanent Exhibition in Change) offers always new approaches to the multifarious and eclectic work of Max Ernst.