Jacqueline Burckhardt on Meret Oppenheim
Chalet, an exhibition by Jef Geys with two works by Meret Oppenheim, courtesy of the artist and La Loge

Jacqueline Burckhardt on Meret Oppenheim (an extension of Chalet by Jef Geys)

Suggested by Jef Geys, this lecture (as well as the lecture by Pierre Frey) is an extension of Chalet, an exhibition by Jef Geys with two works by Meret Oppenheim. La Loge invites curator and critic Jacqueline Burckhardt to engage more deeply with the work by the Swiss Surrealist Meret Oppenheim whose work – except for Object (Le Déjeuner en fourrure) (1936), her surrealist, fur-covered teacup – still remains little known.

In Chalet, Geys included the only two publicly owned works by Oppenheim in Belgium, loaned from the collections of S.M.A.K. in Ghent, as well as a documentary focussing on the life and work of the artist. By presenting her work alongside his, Geys emphasised questions of gender and sexism in a patriarchal art world, while bringing attention to Oppenheim’s critical and humorous exploration of identity and the subconscious. 

In 1996, Jacqueline Burckhardt and Bice Curiger, organised the exhibition Meret Oppenheim: Beyond the Teacup at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, accompanied with the eponymous publication, demonstrating that Oppenheim’s oeuvre goes far beyond her one-hit wonder, which was purchased by Alfred Barr Jr. for the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1936. In her talk, Burckhardt will discuss the inspirational life and work of Oppenheim, highlighting the full range of her all-encompassing art.


Having trained as an art restorer at the Istituto Centrale del Restauro in Rome, Jacqueline Burckhardt went on to earn her doctorate in art history at the University of Zürich. Since 1984 she is co-founder and editor of the art magazine Parkett, a magazine published in direct collaboration with international artists, whose oeuvre is explored in several essays by leading writers and critics. From1998 -2006 she was the president of the National Committee of the Arts in Switzerland. Since 2004 -2008 she was lecturing as a guest professor at the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio. Since 2006 she has served as an art consultant and curator for site-specific artworks on the Novartis Campus in Basel. Since 2008, Burckhardt is the director of the Summer Academy at Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern.

Practical information

Saturday 20 January, 5 pm
access: 3€ 
no reservation necessary, but seats are limited
language: EN venue: La Loge