Heading for a Permanent Exhibition for Arp and Taeuber-Arp
03. Apr 2022 – 16. Oct 2022
Who was Hans Arp? Who was Sophie Taeuber-Arp? And to what extent is their pioneering artistic work still relevant for us today? These are questions we ask ourselves again and again at the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck. Over the past 15 years, we have tried to answer these questions in various formats: through our exhibitions, in which we showed the groundbreaking works of the two artists, through academic research and comprehensive publications.
Now we want to dare something new! We are opening the museum and invite our visitors to join us in a venture with an uncertain outcome. With the exhibition »Unwesen und Treiben« (lit. mischief and doings), we are laying the foundation for the permanent exhibition planned for 2023, which will be dedicated to these two pioneers of modernism.
In the exhibition, we no longer on our own pose the big questions that surround the artistic principles of Hans Arp’s and Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s art, but wish to enter into a dialogue and thus open up new perspectives on Arp’s and Taeuber-Arp’s creative work. We want to »do some mischief« together (Unwesen treiben), inspired by the two artists who thoroughly turned the art world upside down during their lifetime. They did things differently, thought them in a new way and created works whose relevance is still undiminished today. A modernist couple who with their innovative radiance continue to inspire. Their oeuvre always offers new approaches for thinking, living and creating art in a free and creative way.
In order to get support, we invited three groups to reflect, ask questions and try things out with us: students of the Köln International School of Design (KISD), participants of the Nak Nak Kunstlabor in Cologne and pupils of the Friedrich-Ebert-Gymnasium in Bonn. By means of workshops before and during the exhibition, the participating groups will engage with the art of Hans and Sophie. The new perspectives gained in this way will then be on display in three alternating exhibitions in the cabinet room on the upper exhibition floor and will thus continually complement the show.
Furthermore, visitors may also expect an unusual perspective on works from the museum collection: some surprises and well-known highlights from the collection will be presented in an exceptional exhibition architecture. Further research material and accompanying discursive formats invite you to linger and to engage with our museum’s patrons in your own way.
Hence, we set out together with you, accompanied by the two pioneers of abstraction, Arp and Taueber-Arp. We embark on a quest for new ideas, information and exchange in order to create an exciting permanent exhibition for the two namesakes of the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck. Only with you will it become a lively place of the arts, of exchange and inspiration.