Jean Arp was one of the most versatile and powerfully original abstract artists of the 20th century, rejecting art institutions and the practices that he saw as perpetuating elitist values. He was a pioneer in the use of chance when creating his work, influencing 20th century art movements including abstraction, surrealism, and constructivism.
More than 70 sculptures and reliefs – many of which have not been on display previously in the UK – will feature in Arp: The Poetry of Forms.
Alongside these artworks will be publications of Arp’s poetry and writings. Arp was an “intermedia” artist years before the term existed, and he drew conscious connections between his visual work and his poetry. As artist and wordsmith, Arp’s titles often interact with the visual forms he created in amusing or playful ways.
“Arp’s artworks convey the sheer pleasure he took in working with materials of all sorts.”
~ Eric Robertson
Arp (September 16, 1886 – June 7, 1966) was a German-French sculptor, painter, poet and abstract artist. Born in Strasbourg, he published poetry in Paris, exhibited alongside Matisse in Munich and founded the Dada movement in Zürich. He won many awards including the Grand Prize for sculpture at the 1954 Venice Biennale. Arp collaborated with and married fellow artist Sophie Taeuber.
Arp: The Poetry of Forms is the first exhibition of Jean Arp‘s sculptures in the UK since his death in 1966 and organized in collaboration with the Kröller-Müller Museum in The Netherlands. The exhibit will be on view from
October 13, 2017 to January 14, 2018, at Turner Contemporary in Margate.