Rodin / Arp

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Edited by: Raphaël Bouvier, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel Texts by: Astrid von Asten, Raphaël Bouvier, Catherine Chevillot, Lilien Feledy, Tessa Paneth-Pollak, Jana Teuscher Graphic Design: Bonbon, Zürich German 2020, 200 Pages, 125 Ills. Hardcover 315mm x 279mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-4874-2
| Two Masters in Dialogue

For the first time in a museum exhibition—and hence, in this catalogue—the groundbreaking work of a great innovator of late-nineteenth-century sculpture encounters the influential work from a protagonist of twentieth-century abstract sculpture: Auguste Rodin meets Hans (Jean) Arp. Both artists are characterized by their unique artistic innovations and the joy of experimentation; both strongly influenced their eras and have lost nothing of their topicality to this day. As sculptural milestones, the creations of Rodin and Arp illustrate in a vivid and exemplary way fundamental aspects in the development of modern sculpture. Rodin’s pioneering ideas and new artistic horizons for sculpture were taken up by Arp and fascinatingly developed, reinterpreted, or contrasted. Indeed, both oeuvres exhibit numerous artistic affinities and points of reference, which become a particularly revealing visual experience in this clever juxtaposition.

This book is also available in English.

AUGUSTE RODIN (1840–1917) led sculpture to new forms of expression, ultimately approaching Impressionism stylistically with his dynamic surface, while also under the influence of Symbolism, in terms of content. Sculptures such as The Thinker, The Kiss or The Burghers of Calais are among the icons of modernism.

HANS (JEAN) ARP (1886–1966), founder of the Dada movement in Zurich, is known for his biomorphic sculptures in plaster, stone, and bronze. He sought the expression of “organic abstraction.” His oeuvre also includes paintings, drawings, and poems.
Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel
January 31–May 16, 2021
Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck
June 26–November 14, 2021