This event is supported by the European cultural Season, organized during the French Presidency of the European Union (July 1st – Dec. 31st, 2008)
© 2008 - Les Musées de la Ville de Strasbourg
«For Arp, art is Arp». This quote from Marcel Duchamp lends itself as the title of the exhibition that the MAMCS has dedicated to one of the early 20th century’s major artists. Throughout the 80 years of his life, Hans Jean Arp, born in Strasbourg in 1886, actively participated in a number of the fundamental movements of the century’s art. Part of the Blaue Reiter exhibitions, co-founder of Dada, key player in surrealism, guiding force of constructivism, Arp rubbed shoulders with the great figures of modernity (Kandinsky, Tzara, Apollinaire, Picasso, Max Ernst…) all the while developing his own unique work with a certain poetic quality.
The exhibition presented at the Museum of Modern Art sheds light on the different creative processes governing the work of an artist at the crossroads of practices: poet, painter, sculptor and draftsman. As the exhibition demonstrates, Arp constructs by turns, a work finding its origin in the refusal of traditional practices, destruction, often by chance or again in collaboration with other artists such as Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Theo Van Doesburg in the design and construction of the Aubette decors.