Series Spotlight - Sophie Taeuber-Arp


As a founding member of the Dada Movement, a radical creative and influential abstract artist, the name Sophie Taeuber-Arp should be as recognisable as the that of Kandinsky, de Kooning and Miró. Combining traditional crafts with modernist abstraction, Taeuber-Arp challenged the boundaries of art and design, cultivating her signature Constructivist style in the mid-20s which is still influencing pop culture today.

This often overlooked artist is finally getting some time in the spotlight as the first ever retrospective of her work in the UK will be held this Summer at the Tate Modern. The exhibition, which runs from the 15th July to 17th October will bring together her principal works from major collections in Europe and the US, most of which have never been seen in the UK before. 

Best-known for her geometric abstractions, Sophie Taeuber-Arp was born in Switzerland in 1889 and was one of the foremost artists and designers of the 1920s and 30s. She made embroideries and paintings, she edited magazines, created puppets and carved sculptures. When the art movement Dada was formed in reaction to the horrors of the First World War, Sophie Taeuber-Arp was there. Alongside Dada artist Jean Arp, she invented a different kind of abstraction -  a vibrant, liberating and joyful kind. Whilst Dada rejected the very idea of aesthetic beauty, Sophie Taeuber-Arp offered a blissful alternative to reality

‘A long overdue recognition of Taeuber-Arp’s pivotal contribution to modern art and design’ is how the Tate rightly describes this upcoming and eagerly awaited retrospective. An exhibition to celebrate and appreciate the life and work of a fascinating, important and pioneering woman in modern art.

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