Arp Collection 2018

Rendez-vous des amis: Kurt Schwitters and Hans Arp
18. Feb 2018 – 17. Jun 2018

  • © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Foto: Martin P. Bühler
    1 / 6
    Kurt Schwitters, Ohne Titel (Merzzeichnung mit Arp und Bindfaden), 1924, Kunstmuseum Basel, Kupferstichkabinett, Schenkung Marguerite Arp-Hagenbach
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, photo: Martin P. Bühler
  • © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Foto: Kunsthaus Zürich
    2 / 6
    Kurt Schwitters, untitled (Schnurruhr if Hans Arp), 1928, Kunsthaus Zürich
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, photo: Kunsthaus Zürich
  • © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Foto: bpk, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Michael Herling, Aline Gwose
    3 / 6
    Kurt Schwitters, untitled (Including an early potrait Portrait of Kurt Schwitters), 1937/ 38, Sprengel Museum Hannover
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, photo: bpk, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Michael Herling, Aline Gwose
  • © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Foto: David Godfree
    4 / 6
    Hans Arp, Puppe, Schwitters tragend, 1959, privat ownership
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, photo: David Godfree
  • © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
    5 / 6
    Kurt Schwitters (first on the right.) und Hans Arp (third on the left) together with El Lissitzky, Theo van Doesburg, Helma Schwitters and Nelly van Doesburg with Ernst Schwitters, Hannover 1922, Archiv der Stiftung Arp e.V., Berlin/ Rolandseck
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
  • © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Foto: Mick Vincenz
    6 / 6
    Kurt Schwitters, untitled (Merz Arp, diagram for Plastique 4/ 1939), 1938, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, photo: Mick Vincenz

"That's why when snapping off lilies place left hand on left handle." Hans Arp

In 1918 Hans Arp and Kurt Schwitters met at the Café des Westens in Berlin. This would prove to be the beginning of an intense friendship between the artists, the 100th anniversary of which we will be commemorating with a new exciting Rendez-vous des amis.

Shaken by the effects of the Great War and in search of an artistic reaction, Arp and Schwitters defied tradition and classical techniques from very early on. Both also declared collage to be one of their most important artistic vehicles.

As predecessors of DADA and MERZ, they were bound by a close philosophical affinity that was characterized in no small part by humour and irony. Fantastic texts and avantgardistic publications allow us to vividly experience this intimate connection. "We poetize, merzize and arpize the whole day long", reported Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp euphorically on their collective projects.

Placing emphasis on their collages and collective publications, in the Graphic Cabinet we explore the often amusing and always ingenious cooperation between two great artists that still harbours many secrets.

Contact

Curator - Arp Collection

Astrid von Asten M.A.

+49 2228 9425-25
vonasten@arpmuseum.org

Head of Communication

Claudia Seiffert M.A.

+49 2228 9425-39
seiffert@arpmuseum.org

Share this content