Oppenheim: Object


The latest addition to MoMA’s One on One series.


ISBN: 9781633450196 Category:

Carolyn Lanchner


In 1936, invited by AndrĂ© Breton to contribute to an exhibition of Surrealist objects, Meret Oppenheim decided to act upon a cafĂ© conversation she had recently had with Pablo Picasso and his then-companion Dora Maar. Commenting on a fur-covered bracelet that Oppenheim had made for the designer Schiaparelli, Picasso remarked that one could cover just about anything in fur, to which Oppenheim had responded, ‘Even this cup and saucer.’ The resulting sculpture was Object, a teacup, saucer and spoon purchased from a department store and lined with Chinese gazelle fur. In this volume of the MoMA One on One series, an essay by Carolyn Lanchner, a former curator of painting and sculpture at MoMA, explores the subversive nature of this sensual yet disturbing work, which simultaneously attracts and repels the viewer, and of the dreamlike world of Surrealism in which Oppenheim worked.

Additional information

Weight 212 g
Dimensions 18.3 x 22.9 cm
Publisher name The Museum of Modern Art
Publication date 1 October 2017
Number of pages 48
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 18.3 x 22.9 cm
Weight 212 g


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Carolyn Lanchner is a former curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.