- Max Ernst
- Fiat modes pereat ars (Spies & Leppien 7)
Ferrara, Italy, Palazzo dei Diamanti, De Chirico a Ferrara: Metafisica e avanguardie, 2015-2016
Stuttgart, Germany, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Giorgio de Chirico: Magie der Moderne, 2016
The title, “Let there be fashion, down with art” inverts the Latin phrase, “Let there be art, down with fashion,” thereby indicating the end of traditional art. Comprising eight images featuring mannequin-like figures, illogical diagrams and measuring implements accompanied by impossible equations and plays on words, the prints present an upended vision of society that defies any chronological or reasoned reading.
Although intended to be issued in an edition of sixty, the explicitly anti-bourgeois portfolio did not find many buyers among contemporary print collectors and according to Spies and Leppien, Ernst destroyed the majority of the edition. This example is one of extremely few known sets.