Art Diary

Sophie Taeuber-Arp: Living Abstraction

12 March 2021

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.

Sophie Taeuber-Arp brought painterly abstraction to life with her geometric designs for everything from pillowcases to puppet theatres. This large-scale survey at the Kunstmuseum Basel (20 March–20 June) – a collaboration with MoMA in New York and Tate Modern in London, where it will later travel – celebrates her as an artist of many modes; over the course of a career cut tragically short at 53, Taeuber-Arp played an influential role in the Dada movement in Zurich, worked on numerous Bauhaus-influenced architectural projects and furniture designs in Strasbourg and in Paris, and helped to redefine abstract painting in both France and Switzerland. Find out more from the Kunstmuseum Basel’s website.

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Pillow (c. 1922), Sophie Taeuber-Arp.

Pillow (c. 1922), Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Photo: Mick Vincenz; Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck

Geometric and undulating (1941), Sophie Taeuber-Arp.

Geometric and undulating (1941), Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Museo d’arte della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano

Coloured Gradation (1939), Sophie Taeuber-Arp.

Coloured Gradation (1939), Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Kunstmuseum Bern

Sophie Taeuber (1920), Nic Aluf.

Sophie Taeuber (1920), Nic Aluf. Courtesy Foundation Arp eV