Arp 18861966 Author:Verlag Gerd Hatje Jean Arp, who also called himself Hans Arp, was born on 16 September 1886 in Strasbourg. This exhibition is devoted to his life's work, embracing the entire range of his artistic creation, including that done in collaboration with Sophie Tauber-Arp. . . — Arp was committed to freeing art from the traditional limitations of realism and of idealiz... more »ed views of reality. He understood art as a reality in itself, new and natural, as an authentic language that arises from a spiritual and creative force. He often spoke in favor of an art that was "anonymous," that would take its place in life as if it were a product of nature, without ever imitating nature. . .
Stephanie Poley and Jane Hancock, the curators of this exhibition, have elucidated the various levels of meaning in Arp's work by considering his intellectual and spiritual orientation together with his stylistic development.« less