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Meret Oppenheim, La condition humaine (Da stehen wir), 1973, Sammlung David Bowie  © VBK, Wien, 2013


Meret Oppenheim

21.03.2013 - 14.07.2013

Meret Oppenheim, Maske mit »Bäh«-Zunge, o.J., Privatsammlung, Foto: Stefanie Beretta, Verscio © VBK, Wien, 2013Meret Oppenheim, Das Paar, 1956, Privatbesitz © VBK, Wien, 2013Meret Oppenheim, Eichhörnchen, 1969, Privatsammlung, Montagnola. Foto: Peter Lauri, Bern © VBK, Wien, 2013Meret Oppenheim, Ein Abend im Jahr 1910, 1972, Kunstmuseum Bern, Legat der Künstlerin, Foto: Peter Lauri, Bern © VBK, Wien, 2013Meret Oppenheim, Husch-Husch, der schönste Vokal entleert sich, 1934, Privatsammlung, Bern. Foto: Roland Aellig, Bern © VBK, Wien, 2013Meret Oppenheim, Schwarze Strich-Figur vor Gelb, 1960–1981, Privatsammlung, Bern. Foto: Peter Lauri, Bern © VBK, Wien, 2013Meret Oppenheim, Votivbild (Würgeengel), 1931, Privatsammlung © VBK, Wien, 2013Meret Oppenheim, Porträt mit Tätowierung, 1980, Privatsammlung, Bern, Foto: Heinz Günter Mebusch, Düsseldorf © VBK, Wien, 2013

In 2013, for Oppenheim’s hundredth birthday, the Vienna Kunstforum is presenting the first posthumous in Austria retrospective ever devoted to this fascinating artistic personality. Subsequently the exhibition will be shown in the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin.

Meret Oppenheim (1913–1985) Is one of the most important and individual artists of the twentieth century.  Even while she was still young, Breakfast in Fur – a cup clothed in fur – turned the scandal-ridden muse into a legend and ensured her position as the leading exponent of French Surrealism. Her diverse and independent oeuvre encompassed painting, sculpture, poetry and design, eschewing stylistic classifications and stringent lines of development. Oppenheim’s interest was for the transformation blurring the demarcations between the sexes, between man and animal, nature and culture, dream and reality. Her inspiration was mobilised as much by myths, games and dreams as it was by literary sources and the writings of C.G. Jung. In the nineteen-seventies Oppenheim, who fought against socially assigned gender roles, became a central identification figure in feminism.  Her credo was “Freedom isn’t given, it has to be taken“.

curated by

Heike Eipeldauer


Jürgen Messensee

04/09/2013 - 06/10/2013

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