The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, June 18, 2018

Museo Picasso Málaga Opens Sophie Taeuber-Arp Retrospective
Like a dance sequence, it is a journey through the artist's work, with over 130 exhibits that include paintings, drawings, collages, textiles, puppets, plans, photographs, sculptures and furniture.

MALAGA.- In 1915, Sophie Taeuber and Jean Arp met for the first time, in Zurich . They met quite by chance, and Arp, who was later to become her husband and collaborator, was fascinated by this “serene and amiable” woman, who lived her life “like a character from a Book of Hours, studious both at work and in sleep”. At this time, Taeuber was a teacher at the city’s School of Arts and Crafts and an outstanding pupil of the expressive dance classes run by Hungarian choreographer Rudolf Laban and the revolutionary dancer Mary Wigman.

In her keenness to transform the world, to design it in order to change it, the curiosity of Sophie Taeuber-Arp (Davos, Switzerland, 1889 – Zurich, 1943) embraced such wide-ranging forms of expression as painting, dance, tapestry, drawing, embroidery, furniture and interior design, photography, architecture, set design and puppet-making, all with equal intensity. With each one, she examined, resolved and reconciled the contradictory extremes that served as the backdrop for modern art: Figurative art and Abstraction, Dada and Geometric Abstraction, disorder and harmony, art and craft…

Was it possible for a Dada artist to be a Constructivist? Could a Figurative artist be an Abstract artist? These initially irreconcilable approaches coexisted in the work of Sophie Taeuber-Arp, who frequently served as the hinge between two different eras, surrounded by artistic proposals which found in her the logical, productive nexus. For this reason, her name was linked to the key formative moments of the Avant-garde movement, from her stunning first appearance in radical Dada, to her visual works and research on geometric abstraction, which were closely associated with the French movement Cercle et Carré (Circle and Square).

From the Surrealist Hugnet to the Dada poet Huelsenbeck, from painter and filmmaker Richter to performer Emmy Hennings, and other artists such as Kandinsky himself, the members of the Avant-garde movement spoke of Taeuber with astonishment and admiration. “Everything to do with Taeuber has the luminosity of sunlight, and is the miracle which has replaced tradition. She is full of invention, whim and extravagance,” declared German artist, Hugo Ball.

Sophie Taeuber-Arp belonged to a generation of socially-committed women who were anxious to transcend the limits traditionally imposed on women. Daughters of the “new women” of the 19th century, who had helped to initiate the feminist and suffragette movements, these independent women almost all came from the upper and middle classes and had pursued advanced studies. Their influence on the cultural scene in the 1920s and 1930s was considerable. They played an essential role in the artistic and literary production of their time and brought forth a new vision of the world driven by their staunch desire to challenge the established order.

Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Avant-garde Pathways
The exhibition that the Museo Picasso Málaga is devoting to Sophie Taeuber-Arp, from October 19, 2009 to January 24, 2010, will demonstrate the highly modern and radical duality that was at the heart of her work. Like a dance sequence, it is a journey through the artist’s work, with over 130 exhibits that include paintings, drawings, collages, textiles, puppets, plans, photographs, sculptures and furniture.

"The Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Avant-garde Pathways" exhibition has been divided into three sections. Broken Rhythm examines the work from her earliest period, in which Dada and Constructivism coexist openly, side by side; Inhabiting Spaces explains the artist’s contribution to interior design and architecture; and Living Geometry focuses on her actual geometric compositions, which were always infused with her passion for integrating opposites. Each of the works contains movement that is created by the tension between contradictory territories—the integration of life and art that is the most extraordinary feature of Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s work.

The exhibition is curated by Estrella de Diego, Professor of Contemporary Art at the Complutense University in Madrid . De Diego has been a guest lecturer at universities in Spain and abroad, and has curated numerous exhibitions, including "Lost Bodies." "Photography and the Surrealists" (Fundación La Caixa, 1996) and "Warhol on Warhol" ( La Casa Encendida , 2007). Her research focuses on gender theory and visual studies, subjects on which she has written widely. Her books include Tristísimo Warhol (Very Sad Warhol), Editorial Siruela, Madrid, 1999; Querida Gala. Las vidas ocultas de Gala Dalí (Dear Gala. The Hidden Lives of Gala Dalí), Espasa, 2003; and Maruja Mallo, Fundación Mapfre, 2008.

"Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Avant-garde Pathways" has been made possible thanks to the contributions made by seventeen museums, public and private collections from France, Germany, Switzerland and the USA that have loaned their works. Three of these institutions are foundations related to Taeuber-Arp: Fondation Arp, in Clamart, France; Stiftung Hans Arp und Sophie Taeuber-Arp eV, in Rolandswerth, Germany; and Fondazione Marguerite Arp, in Locarno, Switzerland.

Museo Picasso Málaga | Sophie Taeuber-Arp | Broken Rhythm | Inhabiting Spaces | Living Geometry |

Today's News

October 20, 2009

Major Exhibition Devoted to "The Torments of Passion: The Dark Side of Sexual Desire"

Sackler Gallery Offers First Exhibition of Rare Manuscripts

Chateau de Versailles Devotes a Large Scale Exhibition to Louis XIV

Prominent Collections & Rare Masterpieces Highlight Christie's Sales

Organizers Say ArtPrize to Return to Grand Rapids in 2010

Museo Picasso Málaga Opens Sophie Taeuber-Arp Retrospective

Breton Masterpiece Returns to the Frick Art & Historical Center for Limited Time

Clear Evidence of Renewed Confidence at Frieze Art Fair 2009

Gail Harrity Appointed President and COO of the Philadelphia Musem of Art

Works by Ruscha and Warhol to Highlight Fall Auction of Fine Prints at Bonhams

Park Service to Take on Bill Clinton's First Home in Arkansas

Gap House Designed by Pitman Tozer Architects Wins the Manser Medal 2009

Cult Film 'The Third Man' Starring Orson Welles Lives on in Vienna Tours

The Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery Extends World Tour of "Garden and Cosmos" to Australia

Ashery (Born West Jerusalem, Israel) Collaborates with Sansour (Born East Jerusalem, Palestine) at Tate Modern

Legendary Photographer Emmet Gowin Celebrated in New Exhibition

Museum in Pasadena Shows Major Survey of Paintings by Wayne Thiebaud

Boston University Art Gallery to Present Designs for Domestic Architecture from Historic New England

El Ray, a Small Holiday House, Wins the Stephen Lawrence Prize 2009

Writing not on the Wall for Lisbon Graffiti Artists

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Porsche Super Speedster offered for first time in 50 years at RM Sotheby's Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction

2.- Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens opens 'Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection'

3.- Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti stars Vincent Cassel as the famed French artist

4.- Stunning colored diamonds expected to dazzle at Heritage Auctions' Summer Fine Jewelry Auction

5.- US designer Kate Spade found dead at 55

6.- Vincent Van Gogh painting sells for over 7 million euros: Artcurial auction house

7.- Sir Stanley Spencer painting discovered hidden under a bed during a drugs raid

8.- Oxford's Bodleian Libraries unveil UK's first major Tolkien exhibition in decades

9.- Major exhibition at the Guggenheim explores decades of work by Alberto Giacometti

10.- World's largest freshwater pearl goes for 320,000 euros

Related Stories

Three Works by Bill Viola on Display at the Museo Picasso Málaga

Museo Picasso Málaga Explores the Symbolic Importance of the Horse in Picasso's Work

Museo Picasso in Málaga Presents a New Approach to Its Permanent Collection

Frantisek Kupka: Art Works from the Pompidou Collection at Picasso Museum

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful