Arp, Hans

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

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. He married the artist Sophie Taeuber in 1921. 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 and in 1943 his wife died in Zürich. After the war he returned to Meudon. In 1949 and 1950 he visited the USA. The Museum of Modern Art in New York City held a retrospective of his work in 1958 and the Musée National d'Art Moderne in Paris did the same in 1962. In 1959 he married his companion, the collector Marguerite Hagenbach (1902-1994).

• Wife: Taeuber-Arp, Sophie (1922-1943)
• Wife: Arp-Hagenbach, Marguerite (1959-1966)

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'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)


The grave of Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp at the Cimitero di Santa Maria in Selva in Locarno, Ticino.
Picture by Androom (14 Feb 2019)


• Benz, Wolfgang/Hermann, Biographisches Lexicon zur Weimarer Republik, Beck, München, 1988
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Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 08 Dec 2019