04/08/2013 03:13 pm ET

First Museum Retrospective Of Meret Oppenheim Outside Switzerland On Show At Bank Austria Kunstforum

VIENNA.- Meret Oppenheim (1913-1985) is one of the most significant and individual artists of the twentieth century. To mark her hundredth birthday, the Bank Austria Kunstforum is presenting the first museum retrospective of this Swiss artist in Austria, which will afterwards be shown in the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. With 200 loans from a great variety of European museums and private collections, the exhibition is an opportunity for the public to become acquainted with the entire artistic spectrum of an oeuvre covering more than five decades, which in its autonomy and diversity is still ground-breaking even today. The retrospective will contribute to overcoming Meret Oppenheim's one-sided image as the "muse" of the surrealists, also as the creator of the legendary Fur Cup (1936), which has warped the view of her multifaceted complete oeuvre ever since. Oppenheim's artistic position spans an arc between modernism and postmodernism and throughout has shown itself to be self-confidently independent.

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