The Nature of Arp at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, April 13 – September 2, 2019
“The Nature of Arp, curated by Catherine Craft and organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, first venue of the show, provides a long-overdue look at the achievements of Jean (Hans) Arp (1886-1966), one of the most important and multifaceted artists of the modern era. Arp’s experimental approach to creation, radical rethinking of traditional art forms, and collaborative proclivities resonate with the wide-ranging character of art today.
Over a career spanning more than six decades, Arp produced a remarkably influential body of work in a rich variety of materials and formats. A founder of the Dada movement and pioneer of abstraction, he developed a vocabulary of curving, organic forms that moved fluidly between abstraction and representation and became a common point of reference for several generations of artists. The seven works by Arp nowadays belonging to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection provide a rich starting point for this exhibition, as Arp was the first artist to enter Peggy Guggenheim’s collection with his small bronze sculpture Head and Shell (Tête et coquille) dated 1933.” — Peggy Guggenheim Collection
“The first thing I bought for collection was an Arp bronze. [Arp] took me to the foundry where it had been cast and I fell so in love with it that I asked to have it in my hands. The instant I felt it I wanted to own it” wrote Peggy Guggenheim in her autobiography “Out of This Century” (London: Andre Deutsch, 1979).
Jean (Hans) Arp. Scultura da perdere nella foresta (Scultura di tre forme). Sculpture to Be Lost in the Forest (Sculpture in Three Forms), 1932. Bronzo, (1/5; fusione prima del 1958) / Bronze (1/5; cast before 1958). Forma grande: 9 × 22,2 × 15,4 cm / Large form: 3 1/2 x 8 3/4 x 6 in. Forma media: 6 × 12 × 10 cm / Medium form: 2 3/8 x 4 3/4 x 4 in. Forma piccola: 6,5 × 5,5 × 9,3 cm / Small form: 2 1/2 x 2 1/8 x 3 5/8 in. Tate: bene accettato dal Governo di Sua Maestà e destinato alla Tate Gallery 1986 / Tate: Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax and allocated to the Tate Gallery in 1986