The Swiss artist Meret Oppenheim was a woman of contradictions. She moved to Paris when she was 18, and quickly found a place in the Surrealist circle. In 1933, she posed nude for Man Ray’s photograph Erotique voilée, becoming something of a sensation. Her fur-lined cup and saucer of 1936 is a Dada masterpiece. Yet fame didn’t sit well with Oppenheim, and she resented being associated with feminism. In the late 1930s she withdrew from art and public life, not to re-emerge until the mid 50s, a reblossoming. This exhibition looks at both her embattled personality and her mesmerizing art. —E.C.
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