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Meret Oppenheim Art Project – The Secret of Vegetation

Botanical Garden Wolke (2)To honour what would have been Meret Oppenheim’s100th birthday (she died in Basel in 1985), 20 sculptures created by Basel artists are scattered around the city until October 24. The participating artists were born between 1946 and 1989. The works respond to the complexity and sweeping scope of Oppenheim’s production. Perhaps her most well-known object is the fur-lined tea cup. Although it was not used as an inspiration for any of the 20 Basel artists, the tea cup is featured on the cover of the guide book available at the Tourist Office in Barfüsserplatz.

The location of the objects is clever: three are in the University Botanical Garden; others are in parks, in courtyards of museums, and beyond – a harmonious marriage of art and nature. Finding them is a discovery trip easily achieved and enjoyed with the help of the guide book. Of further assistance is the website www.meret-oppenheim.ch

Meret Oppenheim had close ties to Basel. There is the Meret Oppenheim-Strasse behind the main train station, and in 1975 she was awarded the City of Basel Art Prize. Become a detective on the trail of something new; do not let these sculptures go undetected!

Numerous programmes celebrate this artist: tours, performances, discussions, and a publication from the Christoph Merian Verlag: Meret Oppenheim, an Introduction.

By Shirley L. Kearney, German translation by Martin Pütter

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