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  • Meret Oppenheim

    Kunstmuseum Bern
    Hodlerstrasse 12
    June 2–October 8, 2006

    Curated by Therese Bhattacharya-Stettler

    Surrealism may have given its female mem- bers short shrift, but we have a woman to thank for the movement’s most enduring icon: Meret Oppenheim’s 1936 Déjeuner en fourrure (aka the furry teacup). But if the work’s witty play of oppositions and deft deployment of found objects epitomize Surrealist concerns, they also attest to the principal themes of Oppenheim’s still-underappreciated career. Indeed, as curator Bhattacharya-Stettler points out, the furry teacup’s fame has tended to eclipse rather than illuminate the rest of Oppenheim’s oeuvre. Drawing on Kunstmuseum Bern’s rich holdings, Bhattacharya-Stettler sets out to prove that the Swiss artist was no one-hit wonder. This comprehensive survey of some 240 works from 1933 to 1985 will no doubt do much to establish Oppenheim’s rightful place alongside her better-known male Surrealist peers.