Taeuber-Arp, Sophie

BORN 19 Jan 1889, Davos, Graubünden - DIED 13 Jan 1943, Zürich
BIRTH NAME Taeuber, Sophie Henriette Gertrude
CAUSE OF DEATH carbon monoxide poisoning (accidental)
GRAVE LOCATION Locarno, Ticino: Cimitero di Santa Maria in Selva, Via Valle Maggia

Sophie Taeuber was the daughter of the Prussian pharmacist Emil Taeuber. Her mother was Swiss. Her father died when she was two years old and her mother moved to Trogen, where she operated a pension. She studied textile design in Sankt-Gallen from 1906 to 1910. She also studied in Munich and in Hamburg. In 1915 she met Dada artist Hans Arp in Zurich. They married in 1922.

From 1916 to 1929 she taught at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zürich. In Zurich she was involved in the Cabaret Voltaire where she worked as a dancer, choreographer and puppeteer. In 1926 she moved with her husband to Strasbourg and part of time they lived in Paris. In 1928 they settled in Meudon. In the 1930 she was part of the group Cercle et Carré. In 1940 they fled Paris for the nazis and moved to Grasse. Towards the end of 1942 they fled to Switzerland, where she died of carbon monoxide poisoning cauded by a stove at the house of Max Bill.

• Husband: Arp, Hans (1922-1943)

Related persons
• had work owned by Arp-Hagenbach, Marguerite
• was a friend of Duchamp, Marcel
• cooperated with Hennings, Emmy


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)


Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889-1943)
Sophie Taeuber-Arp - Wikipedia

Taglioni, Auguste

Published: 03 Mar 2019
Last update: 08 Dec 2019