Meret Oppenheim

Works in Dialogue from Max Ernst to Mona Hatoum


The entire career of the German-born Swiss painter and sculptor, from the 1930s to her late works.


ISBN: 9788857235394 Category:

Guido Comis


Meret Oppenheim (1913-1985) is one of the most recognized twentieth-century artists: an almost legendary figure able to stand out on a mainly male-dominated Surrealist art scene while developing her own highly personal artistic practice. This catalogue presents her entire career, from the 1930s to her late works. It thus reveals the intense personal and creative network of relationships she nurtured with her older and often already famous peers during her time in Paris: Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Hans Arp and others are also documented in this publication through some of their most significant works. What emerges, above all, is the extent to which the artist influenced, thanks to her personality and allure, the Surrealist vocabulary in which objects turn into fetishes, oneiric and erotic fantasies intermingle, and women are seen as innocent or evil, enveloped in mysterious nature. After the war, Meret Oppenheim conducted her investigations – ranging from figurativism to abstraction, from assemblage to painting – while eluding all attempts at categorization. Her creative freedom and the extraordinary evocative power of her works have made her a key figure for many generations of artists, as can be seen here through parallels with creations by Daniel Spoerri, Birgit Jürgenssen, Robert Gober and Mona Hatoum.

Additional information

Weight 1136 g
Dimensions 22.8 x 28.6 cm
Publisher name Skira Editore S.p.A
Publication date 1 March 2018
Number of pages 200
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.8 x 28.6 cm
Weight 1136 g


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