Arp: Art is a Fruit

17 Sep – 4 Dec 2021 Bahnhofstrasse 1
‘Art is a fruit that grows in man like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother’s womb.’—Arp


Over a period of more than sixty years, Hans (Jean) Arp, one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th Century, produced an extraordinary body of work that shifts fluidly between abstraction and representation, and between organic and geometric forms. For the inaugural presentation at Hauser & Wirth Bahnhofstrasse 1, ‘Arp: Art is a Fruit’ will display major sculptures and works on paper by the artist, spanning a period from 1924 – 1965. The display explores Arp’s long-term fascination with creating artistic forms that reflect the physiological processes of procreation, germination, emergence, and growth – profoundly echoing the artist’s sentiment that is at the core of the exhibition, ‘art is a fruit’. The inaugural presentation has been developed in collaboration with Stiftung Arp e.V., Berlin/Rolandswerth and follows a number of exhibitions with the gallery, including ‘Ovi Bimba’ at Hauser & Wirth Zürich in 2012 and ‘Chance – Form – Language (and a Franzwestigation)’ at Hauser & Wirth London in 2014.

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About the artist

Hans Arp is a familiar figure of classical Modernism and was a key contributor in the development of Dada and Surrealism in the early twentieth century. Focusing his attention on everyday objects, Arp created his own unique ‘object language’ using a nonsensical…

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