The Stiftung Arp e.V. furthers academic exchange pertaining to Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s art, its significance and its broader cultural context.
Since 2015, the foundation is hosting conferences pertaining to the artistic oeuvres of Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp and related themes on a regular basis. The next conference in 2021 will be dedicated to Sophie Taeuber-Arp's work.

Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, October 30-31, 2019

Hans Arp (1886-1966) made an important contribution to twentieth-century sculpture with a biomorphic formal language that oriented to nature’s processes of change. Arp seized upon the potential inherent to the art of his predecessors and contemporaries. For example, he was interested in the ways artists like August Rodin and Constantin Brancusi reduced the body to the torso and in the use of negative space, which had already garnered significant attention from the avant-garde in the early twentieth century. In turn, numerous artists drew inspiration from Arp’s oeuvre. For example, when Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth encountered his work in the early 1930s, its smooth surfaces and flowing contours had an almost immediate impact on their sculpture. Subsequent generations of sculptors also engaged with Arp’s legacy, including the Minimalists, who admired his simplified, anti-mimetic forms.

The reciprocity between Arp and his fellow sculptors is the focal point of conference. Discussion on the topic is meant to anchor Arp’s sculptural work within the international development of sculpture in the twentieth century and thereby recognize the significance of his creative production more qualify.

Fondation Beyeler, Baselstrasse 101, CH-4125 Riehen/Basel
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International Conference "THE ART OF HANS ARP AFTER 1945"
Kröller Müller Museum Otterlo, June 8 - 9, 2017

Hans Arp gained broad international recognition after 1945. During this latter phase of his career, the French-German artist continued to develop new series, including the so-called Threshold Sculptures, as well as innovative techniques like découpage, papiers déchirées and papiers froissés. However, Arp did not limit himself to formal innovation; in terms of content, he drew from medieval mysticism as well as ancient and non-Western cultures. During the 1950s, Arp published several volumes of poetry in German and French. Having made great strides during this later phase of his career, Arp also became an influential figure to the next generation of artists. His biomorphic forms became cipher for modern art, finding echoes in literature and organic architecture as well as the design and product development of the 1950s. It is therefore surprising that Arp’s late work has received little scholarly attention. The conference will fill that gap by opening up new avenues for scholarly discourse on Hans Arp’s late oeuvre and to shed light on his transformative influence on international modernism in the post-war period. The conference THE ART OF HANS ARP AFTER 1945 took place at the Kröller Müller Museum in Otterlo from June 8-9, 2017. The conference was a cooperation between the Stiftung Arp e.V. and the Kröller Müller Museum.

Prgramm "The Art of Hans Arp after 1945"
Summary of the conference

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International Conference „HANS ARP AND THE US“
American Academy Berlin, June 22 - 23, 2015

On June 22nd and 23rd 2015 the conference “Hans Arp and the US” took place. The conference was hosted by the Stiftung Arp e.V. in cooperation with the American Academy and the Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin. The international conference was dealing with the widespread recognition the work of Hans Arp achieved after the Second World War. Above all, his works found resonance in museums and galleries in the United States and among American collectors. Nevertheless, art historians have not yet fully analyzed Arp’s influence on post-war American art or the significance of his relationships with collectors, patrons and artists. Furthermore, although his presence in American exhibitions, galleries and the art market profoundly shaped his reception, the artist’s strong presence in the American art world has received little attention. The conference advances new scholarly approaches to the work of Hans Arp and promotes exchange between academics, curators and art market experts.

Programm of the conference "Hans Arp and the US"
Smmary of the conference

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