Supported by Guggenheim Intrapresæ group, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is pleased to host for the first time in Europe, “The Nature of Arp” curated by Catherin Craft and organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, opened from April 13th to September 2nd 2019.
After the American debut, the exhibition arrives in Venice, the only stop in Europe, proposing a suggestive and long awaited overview of the French-German artist Jean (Hans) Arp’s (1886-1966).
Founder of the Dada movement and pioneer of abstraction, Arp develops a language of organic and curvilinear forms that moves fluently between abstraction and representation, becoming a reference point for several generations of artists.
The temporary exhibition brings together more than 70 objects, including painted wood reliefs, collages, drawings, textiles, illustrated books and sculptures in plaster, wood, bronze, and stone for which Arp is mainly known.
It was in fact his sculpture, Head and Shell (Tête et coquille) of 1933, the first work ever purchased by Peggy Guggenheim: “The first thing I bought for my collection was a bronze by Jean Arp. [Arp] took me to the foundry where it had been melted and I fell in love with it so much that I asked to hold it in my hands: in the same instant in which I felt it, I wanted to be its owner ” recalls the American collector in her autobiography “Out of This Century” (London: Andre Deutsch, 1979).