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Arp: The Poetry of Forms

Turner Contemporary, Margate

13 Oct 2017 - 14 Jan 2018

‘Arp: The Poetry of Forms’ is the first exhibition in a UK public gallery of Arp’s work since 1966. 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. He was a pioneer in the use of chance when creating his work, influencing 20th-century art movements including abstraction, surrealism, and constructivism. This landmark exhibition comprises over 70 loans of work, the majority of which have never been on display in the UK. The exhibition explores Arp’s poetry, adding a new dimension to his biomorphic sculptures. As artist and wordsmith, Arp’s titles often interact with the visual forms he created in amusing or playful ways. Find out more about the Jean Arp exhibition from Turner Contemporary’s website.

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Concrétion humaine oder Coquille se dénouant (1936), Jean Arp. © Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft, Zürich, Lutz Hartmann

Concrétion humaine oder Coquille se dénouant (1936), Jean Arp. © Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft, Zürich, Lutz Hartmann

Constellation (1932), Jean Arp. Galerie Haas AG

Constellation (1932), Jean Arp. Galerie Haas AG

Hommage à Rodin (1938), Jean Arp. Image © Ken Adlard

Hommage à Rodin (1938), Jean Arp. Image © Ken Adlard

Amphore infinie (1929), Jean Arp. © Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft, Zürich, Philipp Hitz

Amphore infinie (1929), Jean Arp. © Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft, Zürich, Philipp Hitz

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