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Meret Oppenheim:
My Exhibition

October 30, 2022 – March 04, 2023

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art announces Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition, the first major transatlantic exhibition—and the first in the United States in over 25 years—to survey this visionary Swiss artist’s career. On view October 30, 2022, through March 4, 2023, the exhibition considers the full scope of Oppenheim’s lifelong innovation through over 180 works, including paintings, sculptures, objects, collages, and drawings. Over the course of 50 years, Meret Oppenheim (1913–1985) produced an unconventional body of work that was characterized by her fierce originality and wit. At the time of her death in 1985, at age 72, her creations encompassed uncanny object constructions, narrative paintings, and geometric abstractions, as well as jewelry designs, public sculpture commissions, and poetry. The exhibition will explore all of these facets of Oppenheim’s career, from early paintings such as Quick, Quick, the Most Beautiful Vowel is Voiding, M.E. by M.O. (1934), to mid-career sculptures such as The Green Spectator (1959), to monumental late works like New Stars (1977–82). Her broad thematic interests ranged from the natural world and mythology to gender and selfhood. “Nobody will give you freedom,” she stated in 1975, “You have to take it.”

Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition is organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Kunstmuseum Bern; and The Menil Collection, Houston.

Organized by Anne Umland, The Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art; Nina Zimmer, Director, Kunstmuseum Bern; and Natalie Dupêcher, Associate Curator, The Menil Collection; with Lee Colón, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art.

Leadership support for the exhibition is provided by Maja Oeri and by Monique M. Schoen Warshaw.

Generous funding is provided by Jack Shear through The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art.

Additional support is provided by the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York.

Major funding for the publication is provided by the Jo Carole Lauder Publications Fund of The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art.

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Meret Oppenheim. Object (Objet). 1936. Fur-covered cup, saucer, and spoon. Cup 4 3/8″ (10.9 cm) in diameter; saucer 9 3/8″ (23.7 cm) in diameter; spoon 8″ (20.2 cm) long, overall height 2 7/8″ (7.3 cm).The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase

Meret Oppenheim. X-Ray of M.O.’s Skull (Röntgenaufnahme des Schädels M.O.). 1964/1981. Gelatin silver print. 15 15/16 x 12 in. (40.5 x 30.5 cm). Edition 6/20. Hermann and Margrit Rupf Foundation. Kunstmuseum Bern.

Meret Oppenheim. New Stars (Neue Sterne). 1977–82. Oil on canvas. 6 ft. 8 11/16 x 8 ft. 1 13/16 in. (205 x 248.5 cm) Kunstmuseum Bern. Meret Oppenheim Bequest

Meret Oppenheim. Stone Woman (Steinfrau). 1938. Oil on cardboard. 23 ¼ x 19 5/16 in. (59 x 49 cm.). Private collection.

Meret Oppenheim. Octavia (Oktavia). 1969. Oil on wood, molded substance with saw. 6 ft. 1 5/8 x 18 ½ x 1 9/16 in. (187 x 47 x 4 cm).
Private collection, Bern