Arp Collection 2016

30. Jun 2016 – 30. Apr 2017

  • © für die Werke von Hans Arp: VG-Bild-Kunst Bonn 2016, Foto: Mick Vincenz
    Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber, ohne Titel, 1917
    © for the works of Hans Arp: VG-Bild-Kunst Bonn 2016, photo: Mick Vincenz

About the exhibition

Also in keeping with this year's "Galerie Dada" theme is the presentation of the Arp Collection under the banner of this pioneering art movement during World War I. The show is a continuation of the previous exhibition "Genese Dada", which already introduced Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp as protagonists of Dada's early years in Zurich. Using examples from the collection, the exhibition shows the origins of numerous of Arp's and Taeuber-Arp's principles on art dating from this short artistic phase in 1916/17 and how since then, they have left their marks on the development of their respective overall work. Thus, "Dada" runs like a red thread throughout the exhibition, repeatedly enabling these references to art (in images, poetry, and often humourously) to function as bridges in their early Dadist works. Arranged into individual themes such as relief, composition, collage, language, dance, etc., impressive insights open up into these unusual creative works.

In addition, the two exhibition cubes will show the legendary Zurich artists' cafe "Cabaret Voltaire", which deals with the theme of stage as well as Sophie Taeuber's marionettes for the play "König Hirsch" that focus on the theme of dance. The cabinet room containing texts and quotes by Hans Arp and his artist colleagues is dedicated to the numerous innovations they contributed to the field of abstract language.


Curator - Arp Collection

Astrid von Asten M.A.

+49 2228 9425-25

Head of Communication

Claudia Seiffert M.A.

+49 2228 9425-39

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