The Berliner Festspiele dedicates the surealist artist Meret Oppenheim her first retrospective in occasion of her birthday 6th october in the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin It would be the 100 birthday of the berlin-born artist, who died in 1985.
She was famous for her surrealist work and she is regarded as one of the most important female artists in the 20th century. She was a close friend of May Ernst, André Breton and Alberto Giacometti.
One of her masterpieces “Le Déjeuner en fourrure” (1936), a teacup, saucer and spoon which Oppenheim covered with fur, is today part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her surrealist work often combined different materials in a playful way. She is also famous for her photography work with avant-gardist Man Ray, which shows her completely nacked, painted with color in front of a printing press.
The exhibiton shows over 200 loans from European museums as well as pieces from private collections, like letters or notebooks. The furned teacup is missing, the MOMA didn´t want to borrow it, but therefore the exhibition gives the public an insight of the entire artistic spectrum covering over more than 50 years of her work.
The visitor can experience the development of a young female artist, who started her work as a painter, influenced by her master Marcel Duchamp to a postmodern and self-confident surrealist artist, which with her radical art inspired many female artists like Yoko Ono or Marina Abramovic.