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© Meret Oppenheim/Bildupphovsrätt 2019
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Category:Sculptures
Date:1930s
Artist
Meret Oppenheim
1913 - 1985
Switzerland Ma gouvernante - My Nurse - Mein Kindermädchen, 1936/1967
Min guvernant
Metal plate, shoes, string, paper
14 x 33 x 21 cm (5 1/2 x 13 x 8 1/4 in.)
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Purchase 1967 with contribution from The Friends of Moderna Museet
NMSK 1972 This artwork is not on display
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- About the work
Ma gouvernante - My Nurse - Mein Kindermädchen is the artist's own title, and it is an essential element of the work. Oppenheim said that the white shoes reminded her of a nanny: "I was a small child, four or five, we had a young nanny. She dressed in white. Maybe she was in love and maybe she radiated a sensual atmosphere that I unconsciously registered, and maybe this was the reason that white-attired 'Elseli' left such a lasting impression on me." The tri-lingual title is evocative of the multilingual bourgeois circles of the early 20th century. The object is a replica of an earlier version that is said to have been destroyed already in the 1930s. The replica was made for Oppenheim's exhibition in Stockholm 1967.
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