andenken is a retrospective exhibition of sculptures, drawings and editions from the early 1930s to the 1980s - andenken in the sense of memories of and thoughts about Meret Oppenheim and her work.
In 1981 Galerie Krinzinger, Innsbruck presented with Situation Schweiz its first solo exhibition of Meret Oppenheim. In 1997 Ursula Krinzinger, in collaboration with Bettina M. Busse, curated the exhibition eine andere Retrospektive1 which was shown at the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Netherlands, the Uppsala Konstmuseum, Sweden, the Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland, and the Museum der Moderne, Rupertinum, Salzburg, following the exhibition at the Krinzinger Gallery in Vienna. Originale 1932 – 1985 was the last exhibition at Galerie Krinzinger.
Meret Oppenheim's originality and artistic vision were the impetus for her many decades of dynamic work. From her beginnings in Paris in the 1930s to her career in Switzerland after the Second World War, she created unconventional groups of works full of wit that defy classification in clearly separable categories of medium, style and art movement. When she died in 1985 at the age of seventy-two, her oeuvre included not only objects made of assembled objects, narrative paintings and geometric abstractions, but also jewellery designs, sculptures in public spaces and poems.2
Meret Oppenheim was born in Berlin on October 6, 1913. She decided to become an artist while still in her teens and went to Paris in 1933 with the painter Irene Zurkinden. There she met Alberto Giacometti and Hans Arp, Man Ray photographed her for the cycle Érotique voilée, which earned her the reputation of the muse of the Surrealists. In 1936 she moved back to Basel. She lived and worked alternately in Paris, Bern and in Carona and died in Basel on November 15, 1985. Her works have been shown in numerous institutional exhibitions and retrospectives including Fantastic Art, Dada Surrealism, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1936; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 1967; Museum der Stadt Solothurn/Kunstmuseum Winterthur/Wilhelm-Lehmruck Museum, 1974; Kunsthalle Bern, 1984; Kunstmuseum Bern, 1987; Guggenheim Museum New York, 1996; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, 2003; Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna/Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, 2013; and Kunstmuseum Bern, 2013. Most recently, her work was featured in the extensive retrospective Mon exposition 2021 at the Kunstmuseum Bern, 2022 at the Menil Collection, Houston Texas and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Press release courtesy Galerie Krinzinger.