Jean Arp: The Poetry of Forms

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Arp : The Poetry of Form, remains on view at Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK until 14 January 2018. Presented in collaboration with the Kröller-Müller Museum located in The Netherlands, this is the first large-scale exhibition of Arp’s work in the UK  since his death in 1966.

The exhibition is curated by Frances Guy, an independent curator, working with Eric Robertson, Professor of Modern French Literary and Visual Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London and author of Arp: Painter, Poet, Sculptor (Yale University Press, 2006).

As a key member of the international Dada and Abstraction-Création groups, Jean Arp created an abstract visual language close to concepts of nature and the organic. This fantastic exhibition comprises over 70 loans including his poetry alongside collages, paintings and sculptures that, while abstract, often evoke plant forms, animals or the human body in states of flux.

Image: Concrétion humaine ou Coquille se dénouant, 1936, limestone. Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Dr Emil and Clara Friedrich-Jezler bequest, 1973 © Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft, Zürich, Lutz Hartmann.