Meret Oppenheim Retrospektive

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Texts by: Heike Eipeldauer, Christiane Meyer-Thoss, Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Elisabeth Bronfen, Dr. Isabel Schulz, Lisa Wenger u.a., Matthias Frehner, VALIE EXPORT Graphic Design: Susi Klocker Edited by: Heike Eipeldauer, Dr. Ingried Brugger, Prof. Gereon Sievernich German 2013, 312 Pages, 264 Ills. Hardcover with marker ribbon 278mm x 216mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-3510-0
| Extensive monograph celebrating the 100th birthday of the key representative of French Surrealism

Meret Oppenheim (1913–1985) is one of the twentieth century’s most important and unconventional artists. With Breakfast in Fur (1936), a teacup covered in fur, the young woman became a legend and key protagonist of French Surrealism. Her multifaceted, independent oeuvre includes painting, sculpture, poetry, and design, and avoids any sort of stylistic categorization or strict lines of development. Themes determine her artistic work: the transformation of the genders, of man and animal, nature and culture, reality and imagination; dreams, myths, games, and literary material, such as the writings of C. G. Jung, serve as sources of inspiration. The publication illuminates her diverse body of work in an international context and demonstrates the remarkable influence this fascinating personality had on later generations of artists, for instance as a feminist role model. (English edition ISBN 978-3-7757-3511-7)


Exhibition schedule: Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna, March 21–July 14, 2013 | Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, August 16–December 1, 2013


»Ingried Brugger's fascinating essay (...) explores Oppenheim's sublime visualizations of unresolved mysteries, of that which cannot be explöained but only intuited.«

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