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Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition

Menil Collection / Houston / Art

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 Érotique 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. “Nobody will give you freedom,” she said in 1975, “you have to take it.” The subject of this exhibition is Oppenheim’s postwar work, which saw her embracing Surrealist ideas and merging them with Nouveau Realism and Pop to create diverse media. Oppenheim’s geometric abstractions, object constructions, sculptures, and poetry are on view. —E.C.

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