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Meret Oppenheim’s Lifelong Experiments

Starting as a Surrealist in the 1930s, the artist spent half a century making edgy, experimental work.

10/18/2021 9:00:00 AM

“Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition,” opening in Switzerland next month, spotlights a star of 20th-century Surrealism

Starting as a Surrealist in the 1930s, the artist spent half a century making edgy, experimental work.

Photo:Jonathan Muzikar 2021, ProLitteris, ZurichBySusan DelsonOct. 15, 2021 3:26 pm ETIn early 1936, Meret Oppenheim covered an inexpensive porcelain teacup, saucer and spoon with “a bit of fur that I had purchased once at random,” as she later recalled. When the work she entitled “Object” appeared that May in a Surrealist exhibition in Paris, and later at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the 23-year-old artist became an instant star of the international avant-garde.

Oppenheim went on to express the same inventive, edgy sensibility until her death in 1985, but much of her later work is unknown to international audiences. “Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition,” a new show opening Oct. 22 at the Kunstmuseum Bern in Switzerland, reintoduces viewers to a perpetual innovator, with roughly 150 works from the full span of her career. The show will travel to the Menil Collection in Houston next spring and to MoMA in the fall.

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