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Introduction

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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[7] CONSTRUCTIVE ASPIRATION

One of the most important collaborations occurred in Strasbourg alongside Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Theo van Doesburg: The Aubette. The three artists’ conceptions saw the light of day, in their most singular albeit common aspect. Extending painting to architecture, adopting an elementary vocabulary (whether geometric or biomorphic) and faith in a possible reconfiguration of the world were all part of the research manifesting itself in the second half of the 1910’s in the framework of Dada Zurich for Arp and Sophie Taeuber, and the framework of the De Stijl group for van Doesburg. At the heart of Dada a destruction-construction dialectic definitely exists, often neglected by art historians: for Arp and his partner, the destruction of the past’s esthetic, in favor of elementary abstract art was not considered an end to itself, but rather as a desire to establish a new art, one that was extremely solid and clear, capable of imposing itself in the thrust of war’s chaos, capable of creating new balance. This constructive aspiration, elucidating the link Arp had with other artists of the persuasion came to fruition in 1927-28 in Strasbourg, with the Aubette building. Sketches and blueprints document this decorative mural project, complete with one or more autonomous works per artist, attesting to the continuity of their reflections and their esthetic from 1910 forward.