X = an Orange Rabbit

January 19 – March 1, 2019

This Swiss painter and sculptress was born in Berlin in 1913. From the age of fourteen, she recorded her dreams. She continued this throughout her life, and it became an important source of inspiration in her work.

In 1932 at the age of eighteen she travelled to Paris and became a member of the surrealist circle around Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, and André Breton. In 1933 she posed for Man Ray in a number of photographs, and until 1937 she exhibited with the surrealists at the Salon des Surindépendants.

Several of her most well-known works were made during these years in Paris: “Le Déjeuner en fourrure”- a teacup with plate and spoon dressed in fur, now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and “Ma guvernante – My nurse – Mein Kindermädchen”, one of the best known works in the collection of the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

These two works guaranteed Meret Oppenheim’s place in art history. She was celebrated by the surrealists who recognized her as an independent artist.

In 1937 she returned to Switzerland and began studies at the School of Arts and Crafts in Basel. Until 1950 she only made a few works, among them the well-known “Table with Bird’s Legs”. In the 60’s she began showing around the world once again.

During the 70’s she lived between Paris and Bern.

Meret Oppenheim’s works erase the borders between dream and reality, female and male, man and animal. Through unexpected juxtapositions she gave common objects – such as a table or a pair of shoes – new life. Her objects are in the realm of the sublime, and they tantalize our fantasy and our unconscious.

Meret Oppenheim died in Basel in 1985.

Selected exhibitions

upcoming 2022: solo MOMA, New York
upcoming 2022: solo Menil Collection, Houston
upcoming 2021: solo Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
2019 "X = an Orange Rabbit“ Meret Oppenheim, Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf, Germany
2018 Karma International, Zurich, Switzerland
2017 Meret Oppenheim Works in Dialogue from Max Ernst to Mona Hatoum, Museo d'arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland
2016 "Die Freiheit muss man nehmen. Meret Oppenheim und Freunde - Arbeiten auf Papier, Objekte, Fotografie", Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Germany
"Beyond the Fur Cup", Mjellby Konstmuseum, Halmstad, Sweden
2016/2017 Beyond the Fur Cup", Öregaard Museum, Hellerup, Sweden
2015 "Gedankenspiegel. Mirrors of the Mind", Museum Moderner Kunst, Passau, Germany
2013 "Über den Bäumen", Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
"Ein angenehmer Moment", Galerie Franz Mähder, Basel, Switzerland
"Meret Oppenheim. Retrospektive", Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna, Austria
Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
LaM Lille Métropole musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
2013/2014 "... was hast du denn da wieder Seltsames gemacht?", Jüdisches Museum Rendsburg, Germany
2012 Galerie Krinziger, Vienna, Austria
2008 De Pury & Luxembourg, Zürich, Switzerland
2007 "Meret Oppenheim-Retrospective 'an enormously tiny bit of a lot'", Henie Onstad Art Centre, Oslo, Norway
"Meret Oppenheim-Retrospective 'an enormously tiny bit of a lot'", Städtische Galerie, Ravensburg, Germany
2006 Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
"Meret Oppenheim-Retrospective 'an enormously tiny bit of a lot'", Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland
2005 Stadtgalerie, Klagenfurt, Austria
Kunsthalle Jesuitenkirche, Aschaffenburg
2004 Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
2003 Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
Levy Galerie, Hamburg, Germany
2002 Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Spain
2001 Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzeland
Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany
2000 Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
1999 Museum for Modern Art, San Francisco, US
1998 Bildmuseet Umea, Sweden
Galleria del Gruppo Credito Valtellinese, 'Refettorio delle
Stelline', Milan, Italy
1997 Kunsthalle, Darmstadt, Germany
Kunsthalle Rotterdam, Netherlands
Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Germany
"Meret Oppenheim: eine andere Retrospektive. A different retrospektive", Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnheim, Netherlands
Upplands Konstmuseum
Helsinki City Art Museum, Finnland
1997/1998 Museum of Contemporary Art, NY, US
Ludwigsmuseum, Budapest
Städtische Galerie Fellbach, Germany
Helsinki City Art Museum, Finnland
1996/1997 "Beyond the teacup", Guggenheim Museum, New York
Museum of Centemporary Art, Chicago, Il.
Bass Museum of Art Miami Beach, Fl.
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska;
1995 Kunstverein, Ulm, Germany
Museo d'Arte, Mendrisio.
1994 "Die Welt der Meret Oppenheim" Levy Galerie, Hamburg
Praterinsel, München.
1991 Freitagsgalerie Imhof, Solothurn, Switzerland
Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France
1990 Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona.
1988 Kent Gallery, New York, US
1987 Galerie Renée Ziegler, Zürich, Switzerland
Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland
1987/1988 Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland
1986 Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland
1985 Kunstverein Frankfurt, Germany
Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany
1984 Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo.
Broida Museum, New York.
ARC-Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland
1983 Basel Landschaftliche Kunstvereinigung, Sissach, Switzerland
1983/1984 Goethe Institut: Palazzo Biancho, Genoa, Italy
Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
Museo Diego Aragona Pignatelli, Naples and Turin, Italy
1982 Galerie Krinzinger, Innsbruck, Austria
Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
Salzburger Kunstverein, Austria
1981 Galerie Edition Claude Givaudan, Geneva, Switzerland
Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna, Austria
1980 Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, US
Firenze- Prato, Florence, Italy
1979 Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany
Städtische Galerie, Moers, Germany
1978 Eugenia Cucalon Gallery, New York, US
Levy Galerie, Hamburg, Germany
1977 Galerie Boulakia, Paris, France
Galerie Elisabeth Kaufmann, Basel, Switzerland
1975 Galeria San Lucca, Bologna, Italy
Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany
1974 Galerie Renée Ziegler, Zurich, Switzerland
1974/1975 Museum Solothurn, Switzerland
Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
Wilhelm-Lembruck-Museum, Duisburg, Germany
1972 Wilhelm-Lembruck-Museum, Duisburg, Germany
Galerie d'Art Moderne, Basel, Switzerland
1971 Caché-Trouvé, Galerie Bonnier, Geneva, Switzerland
1970 Galleria Il Fauno, Turin, Italy
1969 Galerie der Spiegel, Cologne, Germany
Galleria La Medusa, Rome, Italy
1968 Galerie Krebs, Bern, Switzerland
1967 Retrospective, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
1965 Galerie Gimpel & Hannover, Zurich, Switzerland
1960 Casa Serodine, Ascona, Italy
Galerie Arturo Schwarz, Milan, Italy
1959 Galerie Riehentor, Basel, Switzerland
1957 Galerie Riehentor, Basel, Switzerland
1956 A L'Étoile Scellée, Paris, France
1952 Galerie d'Art Moderne, Basel, Switzerland
1936 Galerie Schulthess, Basel, Switzerland
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