Meret Oppenheim, ‘Sugar Ring’, 2015, Swiss Institute Benefit Auction 2015

Meret Oppenheim was a leading figure of the Surrealist movement, creating work that interrogated gender roles in society through uncanny imagery and forms, including her emblematic fur-lined Object (1936). Sugar Ring illustrates her mastery of juxtaposing seemingly unrelated materials to create a surprising whole. Oppenheim recently had a retrospective at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, and her work can be found in numerous collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Bern; and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

Ring Size EU14
34 x 25 x 20mm

Designed by Meret Oppenheim in 1936 - 1937

Image rights: Courtesy of Dayle Bechtler-Lustenberger

About Meret Oppenheim

A central figure in Surrealism, Meret Oppenheim painted dream narratives and impossible juxtapositions of everyday objects to explore female sexuality, identity, and exploitation. She famously posed for Man Ray’s Erotique voilée (1933), instantly becoming an object of romantic idealization to the Surrealists for her seemingly direct and spontaneous access to experiences of the dream world through her youth, charm, and openness. In her best-known works, Oppenheim painted household objects in suggestively erotic arrangements or created haunting assemblages of indeterminate origins, often transforming objects closely associated with feminine domesticity into erotic symbols. Object (1936), a fur-covered cup, saucer, and spoon, became her most iconic work. Through exhibitions and activities amongst the Surrealist circle, Oppenheim was closely associated with Jean Arp, André Breton, and Max Ernst.

German-Swiss, 1913-1985, Charlottenburg, Germany