Our ﬁrst exhibition devoted to Taeuber-Arp launches online on 11 June. This concise survey exhibition presents 30 works dating from 1916 to 1942, alongside photography and material from the Arp Foundation (Stiftung Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp e.V.) archives, which shows the scope of the artist’s vision. Our online presentation will be followed by a Sophie Taeuber-Arp exhibition in New York in 2021.
Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Plan Aubette 199, ca. 1927 © Stiftung Arp e.V., Berlin/Rolandswerth
Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Lignes d'été, 1942 © Stiftung Arp e.V., Berlin/Rolandswerth
Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889 – 1943) was one of the most important artists of the 20th-century avant-garde and is considered a pioneer of Constructivist art. Reconciling extremes with conﬁdence—Dada and Geometric Abstraction, ﬁne art and utilitarian objects—Taeuber-Arp’s works boldly engaged with the intellectual context of international modernism. Through her multifaceted approach to media, she challenged traditional hierarchies between ﬁne and applied art, and asserted art’s urgent relevance to daily life. Taeuber-Arp deﬁed categorization during her brief career through her work as a painter, sculptor, architect, performer, choreographer, teacher, writer, and designer of textiles, stage sets and interiors.
Taeuber-Arp will be the subject of a major retrospective exhibition co-organized by The Museum of Modern Art, Kunstmuseum Basel, and Tate Modern. ‘Sophie Taeuber-Arp: Living Abstraction’ opens in March 2021 at Kunstmuseum Basel in Taeuber-Arp’s native Switzerland, and will subsequently be presented at Tate Modern in London, where it will be the first-ever survey of the artist’s work in the United Kingdom, and at MoMA in New York, the artist’s first major US exhibition in nearly 40 years.
Working with Stiftung Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp e. V., our shared goal is to foster deeper awareness Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s oeuvre to wider audiences and new generations internationally through exhibitions, the commissioning of new scholarship, and by supporting the research and publication of the catalogue raisonné. A new bilingual website, sophietaeuberarp.org, will launch this summer as an openly accessible online-database for the research materials of the foundation and the catalogue raisonné in progress.
‘Sophie Taeuber-Arp is the great known, unknown artist of the 20th century.’—Iwan Wirth
Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Ascona, 1925 © Stiftung Arp e.V., Berlin/Rolandswerth
Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Composition pour l'Aubette, 1928 © Stiftung Arp e.V., Berlin/Rolandswerth
Since 1977, the Stiftung Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp e. V. has overseen a great part of the artistic estates of Sophie Taeuber-Arp as well as her husband Hans Arp. The foundation’s most important mission is to make the work of Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Hans Arp accessible to a wide international audience through the support of exhibitions, loans and publications, as well academic research.
In 2020 and 2021 the foundation’s scholarship program for academics will focus on engaging with the work of Sophie Taeuber-Arp. In 2021, the Stiftung Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp e. V. will host an international conference on her work in collaboration with the Tate, London. Launching this summer, the bilingual online-database, sophietaeuberarp.org, will make research materials of the foundation available to scholars worldwide.