The Nature of Arp | ITSLIQUID

The Nature of Arp

Art | March 25, 2019 |

The Nature of Arp
Image courtesy of Peggy Guggenheim Collection

The Nature of Arp
Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Venice
April 13 – September 02, 2019

The Nature of Arp, curated by Catherine Craft and organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, first venue of the show, provides a long-overdue look at the achievements of Jean (Hans) Arp (1886-1966), one of the most important and multifaceted artists of the modern era. Arp’s experimental approach to creation, radical rethinking of traditional art forms, and collaborative proclivities resonate with the wide-ranging character of art today.

The Nature of Arp
Image courtesy of Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Over a career spanning more than six decades, Arp produced a remarkably influential body of work in a rich variety of materials and formats. A founder of the Dada movement and pioneer of abstraction, he developed a vocabulary of curving, organic forms that moved fluidly between abstraction and representation and became a common point of reference for several generations of artists. The exhibition brings to Palazzo Venier dei Leoni more than 70 works-sculptures in plaster, wood, bronze and marble, painted reliefs in wood, collages, drawings, tapestries and books-from European and American institutions and private collections.

The seven works by Arp in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection provide a rich starting point for this exhibition, as Arp was the first artist to enter Peggy Guggenheim’s collection with his small bronze sculpture Head and Shell (Tête et coquille) dated 1933. “The first thing I bought for collection was an Arp bronze. [Arp] took me to the foundry where it had been cast and I fell so in love with it that I asked to have it in my hands. The instant I felt it I wanted to own it”, wrote Peggy Guggenheim in her autobiography, Out of This Century (London: Andre Deutsch, 1979). She then enthusiastically added sculptures, as well as collages, reliefs and works on paper to her holdings. Likewise, Patsy Nasher purchased a bronze sculpture by Arp, Torso with Buds (1961) for her husband Raymond on his birthday, and it turned out to be -as for Peggy Guggenheim- the founding work of the famed Nasher collection of modern sculpture.

more. www.guggenheim-venice.it

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below






    RELATED POSTS


    F.A.M.I.L.Y.

    Art | July 14, 2024

    Prada presents the exhibition "Miranda July: F.A.M.I.L.Y.", organized with the support of Fondazione Prada, at Prada Aoyama Tokyo from 9 May to 26 August 2024. Read more


    Damien Hirst: To Live Forever…

    Art | July 13, 2024

    Museo Jumex will present To Live Forever (For a While), a museum-wide exhibition celebrating the work of leading British artist Damien Hirst. The exhibition will be the artist’s first exhibition presented by a museum in Mexico and will be the centerpiece of the museum’s 10th anniversary celebration. Read more


    PEACE CRYSTAL

    Art | July 7, 2024

    Artist Mariko Mori invites us to reflect on our shared humanity through Peace Crystal, a work that opened today in Venice in the garden of Palazzo Corner della Ca' Granda, company headquarters of Città Metropolitana, and is visible from the Grand Canal. Read more


    INVISIBLE QUESTIONS THAT FILL THE…

    Art | July 5, 2024

    Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venice, with the support of Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present Invisible Questions That Fill the Air, an exhibition of works by American artist James Lee Byars (b. 1932, d. 1997) and Korean artist Seung-taek Lee (b. 1932), curated by esteemed curator and art historian Allegra Pesenti. Read more


    Sign up for our Newsletter.

    Enter your email to receive our latest updates!