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Meret Oppenheim - Mein Album / My Album

Meret Oppenheim - Mein Album / My Album

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The autobiographical Album “From Childhood until 1943” and her handwritten biography.

The complex, enigmatic work of Meret Oppenheim (1913–85) has lost nothing of its allure in the present day. Much has been written about her career and her art. Yet very little is known about the real person, who always remained secretive about herself and banned publication of any personal documents until twenty years after her death.

In 1958, Oppenheim put together an album that she titled Von der Kindheit bis 1943 (From Childhood to 1943). It has a dual identity of a diary and a work of art. It assembles photos, objects, notes, and brief texts, as well as ideas and concepts for artworks, and offers very personal insights into Oppenheim’s private life and thoughts. This book features the entire album in true-size color reproductions and, for the first time ever, translates the full text into English. The album is supplemented with a previously unpublished autobiographical text by Oppenheim, which she compiled in 1970–71. Rounded out with an introduction by editors Lisa Wenger and Martina Corgnati, this beautiful book offers entirely new perspectives on one of the most distinguished woman artists.

Lisa Wenger, born 1949, is a niece of Meret Oppenheim. As one of the keepers of the artist’s estate, she has transcribed thousands of letters, notes and other documents by Oppenheim and her correspondents.

Martina Corgnati, born 1963, is an art historian, curator and critic. She teaches as a professor of history of art at Milan’s Brera Academy of Fine Art and has curated numerous exhibitions on avant-garde and neo avant-garde art.

Edited by Lisa Wenger and Martina Corgnati
1st edition, 2022
Text in English and German
324 pages, 179 color illustrations
22 x 33 cm
ISBN 978-3-03942-093-3

© Scheidegger & Spiess


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