Meret Oppenheim

Year and place of birth: 1913, Berlin, Germany Location: d.1985, Basel, Switzerland

Meret Oppenheim is regarded as one of the most important female artists of the 20th century. Her artistic production was extremely versatile and included design, collage, sculpture, literature, photography and painting. As a key figure within the Surrealist movement, Oppenheim became famous for her playful yet alienating assemblages in which she juxtaposed everyday objects, often drawn from the domestic sphere. Fascinated by the analytical psychology of Carl Gustav Jung and inspired by dreams and myths, Oppenheim addressed themes such as metamorphosis, the cosmic and the supernatural and explored the tension between life and death. She often alluded to the female identity and sexuality.

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