MoMA Museum of Modern Art

The Erotic Object

24 Jun 2009 - 04 Jan 2010

Meret Oppenheim
Object. 1936
Fur-covered cup, saucer, and spoon
cup 4 3/8" (10.9 cm) in diameter; saucer 9 3/8" (23.7 cm) in diameter; spoon 8" (20.2 cm) long, overall height 2 7/8" (7.3 cm)
Purchase. © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Pro Litteris, Zurich
Surrealist Sculpture from the Collection

June 24, 2009–January 4, 2010

The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Painting and Sculpture Galleries, fourth floor

Surrealist artists, writers, and poets placed persistent emphasis on the power of the imagination to transform the everyday. Beginning in the early 1930s, the production of elliptically erotic, sexually charged objects and sculptures became central to their concerns. This exhibition features some of the most notorious works, including Salvador Dalí's bread-and-inkwell-crowned Retrospective Bust of a Woman (1933) and Meret Oppenheim's fur-lined teacup (1936).

Organized by Anne Umland, Curator, with Veronica Roberts, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture.

This exhibition, part of an ongoing series highlighting noteworthy aspects of the Museum’s collection, is made possible by BNP Paribas.

Tags: Salvador Dalí, Meret Oppenheim