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Max Ernst, Pétales et jardin de la nymphe Ancolie (Petals in the Garden of the Nymph Ancolie), 1934, oil on plaster transferred to block board panels, 13' 7 1/2“ x 17' 5”. © 2008 Estate of Max Ernst/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

Max Ernst, Pétales et jardin de la nymphe Ancolie (Petals in the Garden of the Nymph Ancolie), 1934, oil on plaster transferred to block board panels, 13' 7 1/2“ x 17' 5”. © 2008 Estate of Max Ernst/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

Houston

“Max Ernst in the Garden of the Nymph Ancolie”

The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross Street
October 31, 2008–February 15, 2009

Curated by Josef Helfenstein and Annja Müller-Alsbach

Heavily damaged on its lower half, then darkly overpainted and covered with varnish, Pétales et jardin de la nymphe Ancolie (Petals in the Garden of the Nymph Ancolie), 1934, languished for decades in the storage facilities of the Kunsthaus Zürich. Now, restored to its vivid-hued glory, Max Ernst’s monumental mural—which takes as its central motif a birdlike “nymph” emerging from an enormous red flower—goes on view for the first time since its original display in prewar Zurich, where it graced the walls of the Mascotte nightclub. For its US debut, Ancolie will be accompanied by some one hundred of the artist’s rarely exhibited paintings, drawings, and sculptures from the Menil’s renowned Surrealist collection, along with works selected by the Museum Tinguely in Basel—the mural’s home during restoration.