Saturday, June 17, 2006

Dada at MoMA

Max Ernst... Two Children Are Threatened by a Nightingale (1924. Oil on wood with painted wood elements and frame). "...Made in 1924, the year of Surrealism’s founding, Ernst described this work as 'the last consequence of his [sic] early collages — and a kind of farewell to a technique...' He later gave two possible autobiographical references for the nightingale: the death of his sister in 1897, and a fevered hallucination he recalled in which the wood grain of a panel near his bed took on 'successively the aspect of an eye, a nose, a bird’s head, a menacing nightingale, a spinning top, and so on.'" From the exhibition Dada, June 18 – September 11, 2006 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY.


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