post-title Meret Oppenheim | X=Rabbit | alexander levy | 02.11.-20.12.2019

Meret Oppenheim | X=Rabbit | alexander levy | 02.11.-20.12.2019

Meret Oppenheim | X=Rabbit | alexander levy | 02.11.-20.12.2019

Meret Oppenheim | X=Rabbit | alexander levy | 02.11.-20.12.2019

until 20.12. | #2620ARTatBerlin | alexander levy presents from 2. November 2019 the exhibition “X=Hase. Meret Oppenheim gegen alle Regeln der Vernunft” (X=Rabbit. Meret Oppenheim against all governing reasons) with works by the artist Meret Oppenheim.

At the age of only 17, Meret Oppenheim (*1913 Berlin †1985 Basel) wondered, if mathematical equations had roots where then the rabbits stay – and collaged X=Hase (X=rabbit) into her exercise book. The artist’s entire work and thinking bespeak an independence and resistance that go against all logic as well as academic and social norms. Oppenheim’s œuvre is symbolic of the mysterious, the hidden, the unconscious and the unexpected, offering an astonishment that is driven by curiosity – just as in the case of the little girl in the painting Die Waldfrau, who alone in the forest discovers a huge, mythical female creature with a dragon’s tail. Her affinity for the works of psychoanalyst C.G. Jung allowed her to delve into the profund spheres of the human mind at already an early stage and gain an understanding of the cycle of becoming and passing but also nature as mythical place of human-animal primal forces.

ART at Berlin - Courtesy of alexander levy - Meret Oppenheim 1939

Meret Oppenheim, Die Waldfrau, 1939, oil on Pavatex, 28 x 37,5 cm 

Oppenheim received her first major retrospective in Stockholm, followed by an exhibition in Solothurn, Winterthur and Duisburg in 1974/75, the Art Award of the City of Berlin in 1982 and her participation at the documenta 7. In 2013, a further retrospective at the Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien, Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin and Lille Métropole musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut, in Villeneuve d’Ascq took place. In 2021/22 another comprehensive retrospective will honor Meret Oppenheim’s artistic work, starting at the Kunstmuseum Bern, then moving to the Menil Collection in Houston and ending at the MoMA in New York.

The alexander levy gallery honors the artist’s eclectic oeuvre and her self-sufficient artistic position with a solo show from November 2 to December 20, 2019.

Vernissage: Saturday, 2nd November 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Exhibition period: Saturday 2nd November to Friday, 20 December 2019

Zu alexander levy


Image caption cover: Meret Oppenheim, Das Schulheft, 1930/73, embossed etching, 28 x 44 cm

Exhibition Meret Oppenheim – X=Hase – alexander levy – Contemporary Art – Exhibitions Berlin Galleries – ART at Berlin

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