Arp, Hans

BORN 16 Sep 1887, Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin - DIED 7 Jun 1966, Basel
GRAVE LOCATION Locarno, Tessin: Cimitero di Santa Maria in Selva

Hans Arp was born in Alsace and educated at Strasbourg, Weimar and Paris. In 1912 he went to Munich, met Kandinsky and became a member of the Blaue Reiter group. In 1913 he was involved with the expressionist publication 'Der Sturm'. At Zürich he was one of the founders of the Cabaret Voltaire and also a member of the local Dada movement. In 1926 he went to live at Meudon and from then on he worked mainly as a sculptor. He stated that his sculptures were 'concrete' and not 'abstract'.

Arp left France because of the germans in 1942, but after the war he returned to Meudon. In 1949 and 1950 he visited the USA.

Related persons
• has a connection with Ernst, Max
• was a friend of Goll-Aischmann, Clara
• knew Hepworth, Barbara


'Colonne de Muse'.
Picture by Pat/Androom (Jun 1998)


Plaque on the house in Strasbourg where Hans Arp was born.
Picture by Androom (31 Jul 2018)


• Benz, Wolfgang/Hermann, Biographisches Lexicon zur Weimarer Republik, Beck, München, 1988
Jean Arp

Artmann, Hans Carl

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 26 Aug 2018