Modern Art Monday Presents: Meret Oppenheim, Octopus’s Garden

meret oppenheim octopus garden photo by gail worley
Photos By Gail

In the early 1970s, Meret Oppenheim (19131985) began enthusiastically making collages. Octopus’s Garden (1971) is among the largest and most spectacular of those. This work depicts a fantastical underwater landscape, complete with calcified coral forms, trails of bubbles, and cut-out reproductions of peacock feathers.

meret oppenheim octopus garden detail photo by gail worley

By including transparent blue film, Oppenheim gave the entire scene the glassy, light-fractured appearance of water. The playful effect of these exuberant materials is heightened by the work’s musical title, a reference to the Beatles‘ song released in 1969.

Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC

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