Meret Oppenheim

Born 1913 in Berlin-Charlottenburg, Germany. Died 1985 in Basel, Switzerland

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Born 1913 in Berlin-Charlottenburg, Germany

Died 1985 in Basel, Switzerland

Meret Oppenheim was born in 1913 in Berlin-Charlottenburg and died in 1985 in Basel. Already in her teens, she decided herself to do art and, in 1933, she traveled to Paris with a friend who was a painter. There she met Alberto Giacometti and Hans Arp. Man Ray photographed them on a printing press in the cycle of images Érotique voilée, which earned her the reputation as the muse of the Surrealists. In 1936, she moved back to Basel. In 1956, she designed costumes and masks for Daniel Spoerri’s production of Picasso’s play How to Pack Your Wishes on the tail. She lived and worked alternately in Paris, Bern and Carona. In 1981, during Oppenheim’s lifetime, Galerie Krinzinger exhibited Meret Oppenheim in the gallery space for the first time. In 1997, a retrospective was organized which was shown at the gallery in Vienna at the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, The Netherlands, Uppsala Konstmuseum, Sweden and the Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland. Meret Oppenheim’s work spans an incredible variety of disciplines, styles and materials. She drew, painted, wrote poetry, created objects and collages and designed furniture, clothes and jewelry. Meret Oppenheim was one of the most unusual artists of the 20th century. 

The exhibition Meret Oppenheim, My Exhibition at MoMA will run from Oct 30, 2022 – March 4, 2023 

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