Meret Oppenheim “My Nurse” (1936) / scissors  In January 1985, this Surrealist object, comprising two women’s shoes arranged and tied to look like a cooked chicken, was delivered for an upcoming exhibition. Mistaking the work’s strings for packaging materials, a museum employee cut and disposed of them. The error was soon realized, and the work was restored with new string in time for the opening.

Meret Oppenheim “My Nurse” (1936) / scissors

In January 1985, this Surrealist object, comprising two women’s shoes arranged and tied to look like a cooked chicken, was delivered for an upcoming exhibition. Mistaking the work’s strings for packaging materials, a museum employee cut and disposed of them. The error was soon realized, and the work was restored with new string in time for the opening.

Christopher Schreck