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This event is supported by the European cultural Season, organized during the French Presidency of the European Union (July 1st – Dec. 31st, 2008)
Strasbourg Ville de culture  Communauté urbaine de Strasbourg  Saison culturelle européenne  Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication  Musées de France  Museum - Musées  Dernières nouvelles d'Alsace  France 3 - Alsace

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This section serves as an introduction allowing one to grasp Arp’s transition in the mid 1910’s, away from traditional mediums and techniques (oil painting on canvas, pencil and paper drawings) towards new materials, and a break with tradition (collage, wood, relief, embroidery). This shift is accompanied by another, moving from figuration to abstraction, understood in its diverse meanings, both an abstraction deriving its forms from nature and an abstraction constructed using artistic elements alone, and lacking any sort of starting point in the visible world.