The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Monday, December 22, 2014


First major retrospective dedicated to Meret Oppenheim opens at Martin-Gropius-Bau
A poster advertising the Meret Oppenheim Retrospective is on display at the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum in Berlin on August 15, 2013. The retrospective at the Martin-Gropius-Bau marks the centenary of German-born Swiss surrealist artist Meret Oppenheim's birth in Berlin on 6 October 1913, and opens from 16 August to 1 December 2013. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL.
BERLIN.- Berlin is dedicating a first major retrospective to Meret Oppenheim to mark the centenary of the famous artist's birth here on 6 October 2013. Her artistic beginnings go back to Paris in 1932 where she visits regularly for five years the circle of surrealists around André Breton. There, the twenty-year-old with her rebellious and freedom-loving attitude meets like-minded people. The playful and humorous treatment of everyday materials, conveyed with artistic strategies of estrangement, combinatorics and metamorphosis in constantly new connotations, is a special feature of Oppenheim's artistic works.

This also links her to her artist friends whose company included Alberto Giacometti, Max Ernst, Francis Picabia, Leonor Fini, Dora Maar or Man Ray. The photographs in the »Érotique voilée« series (1933), in which Oppenheim posed as a nude model, are as well as her legendary »Fur Cup« the foundation of her myth. The discursive power of her surrealism could be felt in 1983 when her »Oppenheim Fountain« was inaugurated in Bern's Waisenhausplatz, a visit to which is highly recommended.

Meret Oppenheim's extremely varied oeuvre, influenced by experimentation and upheavals, metamorphoses and the "dream-like", evades an art-historical classification. The artist dispensed with uniformity or recognisability in favour of experimental joyfulness which enabled her to transcend the confines of an artistic style, a genre or a linear development.

Language, myths, games and dreams served her purpose as impetus just as literary sources and the psychoanalysis of C.G. Jung. Her emancipatory, non-conformist attitude and her critical approach to social stereotyping and allotted gender roles made her a central identification figure for following generations of women artists. "Freedom isn't given to you – you have to take it", Oppenheim summed up her position in 1975.

The exhibition will show the whole spectrum of Meret Oppenheim's oeuvre, which in its independence and diversity is still a pioneering force even today. Following Oppenheim's artistic method, who kept returning to specific motifs over long periods of time and subjected them to new treatment, the show runs a course through the ever-densifying themes in a cross-section of the artist's creative periods: coded descriptions of herself, erotic objects, dream scenes and myths, metamorphoses and mythical creatures, dialogue with nature, depictions of the invisible, game as artistic strategy, the ratio of picture and text. Starting out from her much appraised early work in the circle of the surrealists and proceeding to her less well-known poetic late work, the exhibition will show not only drawings, paintings, objects and collages, but also her writings and dream notations as well as her humorous and fantastical jewellery, dress and other designs. "Every idea is born with a form. You never know where the ideas come from: they bring their form with them; just as Athena sprang out of the head of Zeus, helmeted and armoured, thus do the ideas emerge with their apparel."

In 1982, Meret Oppenheim was honoured with the Art Prize of the City of Berlin. In the same year, she participated in documenta 7. Shortly before her death, she became a member of the Berlin Academy of the Arts. She died in Basel in 1985.





Today's News

August 17, 2013

First major retrospective dedicated to Meret Oppenheim opens at Martin-Gropius-Bau

Expressive art of Japanese calligraphy on view in exhibition at Metropolitan Museum

Ceramics created by Picasso in French Riviera workshop served up at Bonhams

Getty Research Institute publishes "Chatting with Henri Matisse: The Lost 1941 Interview"

Britons should get a say on car park King Richard III's remains: judge said today

Sotheby's Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels And Jadeite Autumn Sale to take place on 7 October

Rare work by photographer Marshall Swerman from "The Factory" newly issued by gallery

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art presents "Encountering the Floating World:

Exhibition of artistic positions on modern urbanity opens at Kunstmuseum St. Gallen

The Heckscher Museum of Art presents Long Island artist Stan Brodsky retrospective

Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal presents videos centred on the dancing body and performance

Girls, Girls, Girls: Ten female video artists exhibit videos at Vanity Projects in New York

Pérez Art Museum Miami announces three new members to Board of Trustees

British Museum's Africa programme update

Frequency: Lincoln Digital Culture Festival announces 2013 programme

The art and influence of Robert Williams: A documentary

14 international artists conceive new murals based on the history of Detroit

Maraya Art Centre hosts an exhibition on geometric art

8th Lofoten International Art Festival to explore the current global feeling of uneasiness

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt

2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction

4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million

5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson

6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery

7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum

8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation

9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard

10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site