Thursday, 31 July 2008


Meret Oppenheim's 1939 Table with Bird's Legs. The surface of this table is marked with small bird tracks and supported on the legs of something of ostrichy proportions. Curators suggest that "together these evoke the protective relationship of mother and chick, but perhaps also the more disturbing idea of predator and prey."This was the last piece Oppenheim exhibited in Paris before the war. It points to the organic base of much of her work, as she often linked natural images, such as a bird, to typical, functional man-made objects, such as a table.

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