Meret Oppenheim - Works in dialogue from Max Ernst to Mona Hatoum
LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, 11 February – 28 May 2017
From 11 February to 28 May, the Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana presents the exhibition “Meret Oppenheim, works in conversation. From Max Ernst to Mona Hatoum”, dedicated to one of the most famous artists of the twentieth century, shown here alongside major exponents of the Dada and Surrealist movements as well figures of importance on the contemporary art scene.
Meret Oppenheim (1913-1985) is one of the most renowned artists of the twentieth century and the author of works that have become veritable icons of this past century’s art. The great intrigue her work aroused and her personality are also reflected in the life and creations of her friends and fellow artists like Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, René Magritte, and many others, making her a central figure in the artistic scenario of the 1930s. With approximately one hundred works on display, the exhibition dedicated to the artist documents her entire career, from her debut in Paris in the early 1930s to her experience with non-figurative art in the 1970s and ‘80s. In this exhibition Oppenheim’s works converse with those of major exponents of the Dada and Surrealist movement, as well as several established contemporary artists like Robert Gober and Mona Hatoum.
The works exhibited reveal the close-knit relationships between Meret and the older and often already established artists of that day and age; most importantly, however, they underscore the independence of this artist, who was close to Surrealism not because she wished to emulate it, but because she saw in Breton’s movement the expression of a sensibility that was similar to her own: “It is not I who looked for the Surrealists, it is they who found me”. The exhibition thus releases Meret Oppenheim from the image of muse and model that has often unfairly obscured her work in the past.