On display there will also be collages, drawings, fabrics and illustrated books.
Jean (Hans) Arp was among the founding members of Dada and was one of the most influential protagonists of abstract art at an international level. After crossing the threshold of the golden temple of Peggy Guggenheim, he is now considered an innovator of non-traditional forms of sculpture in the twentieth century. Until September 2, Arp lands in the lagoon, a place where, during the XXVII Biennale, he was awarded the Grand Prize for sculpture. Venice is also the place where, in 1933, the American collector and patron Peggy Guggenheim – Benjamin’s daughter – honoured Arp by purchasing one of his early works, Head and Shell. Interestingly, Arp visited the Guggenheim collection very often, as his sketches in the gallery guest book prove.
HIS ART AIMS TO ENGAGE
THE SPECTATOR WITHOUT
Venice is now celebrating the work of the French German artist in the beautiful setting of Ca’ Venier dei Leoni, where a museum of the same name is housed. The exhibition is called “La natura di Arp” (“The Nature of Arp”) and gathers 70 works from US galleries, foundations and private collections. On display there will be painted wood reliefs, collages, drawings, fabrics and illustrated books, as well as a whole section devoted to his multipart sculptures. These compositions rest on the artist’s rejection of pedestals and on his will to engage the observer. Here are some examples: Sculpture to be Lost in the Forest (three parts), 1932, from Tate Modern London; Navel and Two Thoughts (three parts), 1932, from Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporaine in Starsborg; and Three Disagreeable Objects on a Face, 1930, from Museum Jorn in Silkeborg.
INTERACTIVE ELEMENTS CAPTIVATE
THE OBSERVER’S EYE
IN A POETICAL TWISTING
The exhibition captivates the observer thanks to mobile and interactive elements that result from detailed stylistic investigation and the poetical twisting of sculpture.
The show is accompanied by a substantial catalogue that was curated by Catherine Craft, who also participated in the organisation of the first exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Centre in Dallas.
LA NATURA DI ARP
CA’ VENIER DEI LEONI
A CURA DI/CURATED BY