Back to back …yesterday’s blog on Dennis Oppenheim…and this one on Meret Oppenheim.
There is absolutely no family relation between these two and Meret Oppenheim has proven her importance over the years. At least there is a generation gap of two generations between these 2 artists. She became friends with Arp, Breton, Duchamp and Man Ray. The last made an important and very well known photo series of her in Paris in which she figured.
At this time in Paris she was called and considered the MUSE of the surrealists. This series made her an instant success, but this success suffocated her too and she decided to return to Basel and start her own artist career.
She had her studio’s in Basel and Bern and for the last city she left after her death one third of collection to the Bern museum.
Perhaps her most well know work is LE DEJEUNER EN FOURRURE. A large work which was criticized by many, but what now has become one of the icons in Modern Art.
www.ftn-books.com has some Meret Oppenheim titles available