Art Diary


17 December 2020

While some museums are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Apollo’s usual weekly pick of exhibitions will include shows at institutions that are currently open as well as digital projects providing virtual access to art and culture.

Hans Arp’s Automatic Sculpture (Homage to Rodin) of 1938 forms the starting point of this exhibition, the first to compare these two major modern sculptors who were born half a century apart. The display reveals how Arp, who in 1952 also wrote a poem entitled Rodin, picked up and reinterpreted ideas that his predecessor had pioneered – for instance, the interplay of fluid and fragmented forms and surface textures. Among more than 110 works on display are masterpieces by both artists, including Rodin’s Thinker and Arp’s Ptolemy. The exhibition runs until 16 May; find out more from the Fondation Beyeler’s website.

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Automatic Sculpture (Homage to Rodin) (1938), Hans Arp.

Automatic Sculpture (Homage to Rodin) (1938), Hans Arp. Photo: Heini Schneebeli; © 2020, ProLitteris, Zurich

Torso of Adèle (1882), Auguste Rodin.

Torso of Adèle (1882), Auguste Rodin. Photo: Christian Baraja; © musée Rodin

Torso-Sheaf (1958), Hans Arp.

Torso-Sheaf (1958), Hans Arp. Photo: Manolo Mylonas; © 2020, ProLitteris, Zurich

The Thinker (1880/82), Auguste Rodin.

The Thinker (1880/82), Auguste Rodin. Photo: Flora Bevilacqua; © MAH, Genève