Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR

Exhibitions & Museums


August 27th, 2023 - January 28th, 2024

Immerse yourself in surreal worlds: SURREAL FUTURES exhibition presents forward-looking perspectives on surrealism with 31 international positions in digital art and media art.

In the spirit of a contemporary form of surrealism, artists from 19 countries explore the pressing questions of the 21st century in interactive video works, virtual and augmented reality experiences, multimedia spatial installations and digital images, for example on the effects of globalization, digitalization and the climate crisis, on postcolonial change and increasing diversity. They show Surrealism as a contemporary art that dreams beyond reality, reflects changes in our living environment and develops speculative future scenarios. Along the main themes of Digital Bodies, Transforming Landscapes and Future Worlds , various references to the past and present and future perspectives are outlined.

For the first time, works from the exhibition will be shown in the collection as interventions alongside works by Max Ernst. This creates a dialogue between Max Ernst and contemporary artists from the perspective of current issues.

In addition, various interactions and mediation formats with augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI) take place in the museum. For example, visitors can use AR filters to change their appearance through surreal effects. In an artistic photo box, there is the opportunity to playfully experiment with one's identity with accessories and AI algorithms.

The exhibition is curated by Patrick Blümel. A comprehensive catalog with installation views will accompany the exhibition.

For more information, visit:

Sabrina Ratté, Objets-monde, 2022, Interactive installation, 2 prints, each 177 x 118 cm, Interactivity: Guillaume Arseneault, Soundtrack: Roger Tellier Craig, a production by Le FRESNOY - Studio national des arts contemporains (Tourcoing), © Sabrina Ratté

Permanent collection Max Ernst: Life and work - 70 years of creations

Temporary exhibitions of contemporary artists
Creative workshops in the Fantasy Laboratory
The Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR is the only museum dedicated to the life and work of Brühl-born internationally renowned artist Max Ernst (1891-1976). The collection provides an overview of some 70 years of work for the surrealist and Dadaist.

Numerous paintings, drawings, frottages and collages immerse visitors in the imaginative, surreal pictorial worlds of the world citizen Max Ernst and demonstrate the artist's inventiveness. An ensemble of more than 70 bronze plastics and sculptures from his personal collection opens up his sculptural work over decades. At the heart of the permanent collection are also 36 'D-paintings', birthday and love gifts from Max Ernst to his fourth wife, the artist Dorothea Tanning.

The collection about Max Ernst is regularly supplemented by temporary exhibitions of international contemporary artists. An extensive children's and family programme with workshops in the creative workshop "Fantasy Labor" completes the exhibition and event offerings.

Opening hours:

Tuesday - Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Closed on Mondays
Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR