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  • Arp: The Poetry of Forms at Turner Contemporary. Photo: Manu Palomeque
  • Arp: The Poetry of Forms at Turner Contemporary. Photo: Manu Palomeque
  • Concrétion humaine ou Coquille se dénouant, 1936, limestone. Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Dr Emil and Clara Friedrich-Jezler bequest, 1973 © Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft, Zürich, Lutz Hartmann
  • Jean Arp

    Jean Arp

    Constellation, painted wood relief, 1932. Galerie Haas AG, Mrs. Lea Gryze
  • Jean Arp

    Jean Arp

    Amphore infinie, 1929. Painted wood relief. Kunstmuseum Winterthur, from a private collection, 2015 © Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft, Zürich, Philipp, Hitz
  • Jean Arp

    Jean Arp

    Hommage à Rodin, black granite, 1938. Private Collection, London. Image © Ken Adlard
Fri 13 Oct 2017 - Sun 14 Jan 2018

Turner Contemporary is bringing the first exhibition of Jean Arp's work in a public gallery to the UK since his death in 1966 in collaboration with the Kröller-Müller Museum in The Netherlands.

This landmark exhibition comprises over 70 loans of work, the majority of which have never been on display in the UK. As well as drawings, collages, paintings, wood reliefs and sculptures, the exhibition explores Arp’s poetry, adding a new dimension to his biomorphic sculptures with flashes of the artist’s ingenuity.

Delve deeper into the poetry and art of Arp at Turner Contemporary's Arp: The Poetry of Forms Symposium. Hear from seven specialist lecturers, including experts from University of London, Royal Holloway and Tate. Booking essential. Book your ticket here.

Arp’s diverse practice had a poetry and playfulness at its core that is as engaging for audiences today as it was in Arp’s lifetime. His role in Dada, Surrealism and Abstraction, as well as his impact on the British avant-garde, make him a fascinating artist for modern audiences.

The exhibition is curated by Frances Guy, an independent curator, working with Eric Robertson, Professor of Modern French Literary and Visual Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London and author of Arp: Painter, Poet, Sculptor (Yale University Press, 2006). It is co-ordinated by the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands, and will be shown there in summer 2017 before touring to Turner Contemporary as part of a new collaborative partnership.

Featured in the best art of autumn 2017 by the Guardian: "In the age of Brexit, an exhibition of this sculptor who transcended Europe’s borderlines is a timely reminder of how art can defy national boundaries"

Featured in Apollo: "One of the most versatile and original abstract artists of the 20th century, Arp rejected art institutions and the practices that he saw as perpetuating elitist values."

Featured in The Art Newspaper: "His works convey the sheer pleasure he took in working with materials of all sorts"

 

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