Im Walde auszusetzen (To Be Exposed in the Woods)

1932, Hans (Jean) Arp

  • © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016/ Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Foto: Mick Vincenz
    Hans (Jean) Arp, To Be Exposed in the Woods, 1932 Bronze (0/5, Rudier 1983)
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016/ Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, photo: Mick Vincenz
Arp, exhibition catalogue Museum of Modern Art, New York 1958 p. 15.

»I wanted my work to find its humble, anonymous place in the woods, the mountains, in nature.«

About the Work

Bronze (0/5, Rudier 1983)

Height: 12 cm

To Be Exposed in the Woods is one of a series of multi-part sculptures which Arp created between 1932 and 1934. The smaller elements lie lightly, playfully, on the seemingly soft surface. They are amorphous forms reduced to the simplest elements, recalling pebbles or even unicellular organisms. The arrangement of the overlying forms of the sculptures, which were initially created in plaster, was not determined. Arp even intended that the viewers themselves should determine their position. The associated randomness of the arrangement corresponded with his idea that these sculptures should "lose" themselves in their natural surroundings.

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