The Zurich works.
In 1916, Hans Arp was invited by Hugo Ball
to take part in the Cabaret Voltaire at Spiegelgasse 1 in Zurich. The now iconic event marked the birth of Dadaism
and the beginnings of a long overdue breakthrough for Arp. "Ovi Bimba" is a revelatory publication exploring these early years of Arp's practice, focusing on his time in Zurich during the birth of Dada
to his sculptures in the 1940s and 1950s.
The publication positions these diverse pieces alongside those of Arp's fellow artists, including his wife, Sophie Taeuber-Arp.
Featuring texts by renowned Dada
scholar, Juri Steiner, and over eighty beautifully reproduced colour plates.
Hans Arp (born 1886 in Strasbourg, died 1966 in Basel) was one of the most innovative and influential artists of the 20th century. With a playful hand and a multifaceted practice that included sculpture, relief, painting, collage and poetry, Arp, co-founder of the Zurich Dada
movement, juggled the dominant art currents of Cubism
, and Constructivism
, combining seemingly contradictory geometric and organic formal idioms with the artistic "-isms" of his epoch.
See also Agathe Mareuge: Petite éternité – L'œuvre poétique tardive de Jean Hans Arp