Jean Arp, Self-Dissolving Shell, 1936. Limestone, 26 x 41 x 22 cm.

Jean Arp

Margate, U.K.

Turner Contemporary

“Arp: The Poetry of Forms,” the first U.K. museum exhibition of Jean (Hans) Arp’s work since 1966, gave viewers fresh insights into this pioneer of chance whose serendipitous configurations personify the core precept of Dada practice–that of the gratuitous creative act. Throughout his life, Arp correlated visual work and poetry, and this facet of his practice was explored through 70 sculptures and reliefs, which eventually fused with his use of words to result in lyrical compositions imbued with undeniable beauty. Arp played a pivotal role in some of the 20th century’s most significant movements, including Surrealism and Constructivism. In 1916, he became one of the original Zürich Dadaists (his bilingual ability helped unite French- and German-speaking members)….see the entire review in the print version of July/August’s Sculpture magazine.

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