Meret Oppenheim Enigmas
A Journey Through Her Life and Work
The life and work of Meret Oppenheim: insights, interpretations, and indications
1st edition, 2022
228 pages, 142 color and 29 b/w illustrations
16.5 x 24 cm
Swiss artist Meret Oppenheim (1913–1985) is far more than just the creator of the iconic fur teacup. In the course of her career, she produced a complex, wide-ranging, and enigmatic body of work that has no parallel in modern art. Like an x-ray beam, this book scans Oppenheim’s artistic oeuvre, bringing its variety, playfulness, and poetry to the fore. Instead of simply answering the riddles posed by these intriguing works, it maps out the paths that will lead us to still more clues.
Simon Baur is a leading expert on the life and art of Meret Oppenheim. The nine new essays featured in this volume are at once scholarly and easy to read. In them, Baur shares the many fascinating insights and interpretations that he has gleaned from his decades-long engagement with Oppenheim’s work. The result is an anthology that combines both biographical and thematic aspects and takes us on an exciting journey into the poetic cosmos of a truly great female artist.
Simon Baur is a scholar of art history, writer, and critic based in Basel. He has written, edited, and contributed to numerous books, including catalogs of major Meret Oppenheim exhibitions in Switzerland and abroad.
Bronwen Saunders is a Swiss-based freelance translator with a special focus on books and exhibition projects in the fields of art and culture.