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The Stiftung Arp e.V. furthers academic exchange pertaining to Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s art, its significance and its broader cultural context. Since 2015, the foundation is hosting conferences pertaining to the artistic oeuvres of Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp and related themes on a regular basis. The next conference is dealing with the oeuvre of Hans Arp from the 1950s and 1960s. It will take place in Berlin in 2017.

International Conference

Kröller Müller Museum Otterlo, June 8-9, 2017

Hans Arp gained broad international recognition after 1945. During this latter phase of his career, the French-German artist continued to develop new series, including the so-called Threshold Sculptures, as well as innovative techniques like découpage, papiers déchirées and papiers froissés. However, Arp did not limit himself to formal innovation; in terms of content, he drew from medieval mysticism as well as ancient and non-Western cultures. During the 1950s, Arp published several volumes of poetry in German and French.

Having made great strides during this later phase of his career, Arp also became an influential figure to the next generation of artists. His biomorphic forms became cipher for modern art, finding echoes in literature and organic architecture as well as the design and product development of the 1950s. It is therefore surprising that Arp’s late work has received little scholarly attention. The conference will fill that gap by opening up new avenues for scholarly discourse on Hans Arp’s late oeuvre and to shed light on his transformative influence on international modernism in the post-war period.

The conference THE ART OF HANS ARP AFTER 1945 will take place at the Kröller Müller Museum in Otterlo from June 8-9, 2017. The conference is a cooperation between the Stiftung Arp e.V. and the Kröller Müller Museum. Concurrent with conference, the museum will be holding the exhibition 2Arp. The Poetry of Forms2.

Conference languages are German and English.
Simultaneous translation from German to English will be provided.

Conference fee (including coffee and farewell-lunch):
50 Euro / Students: 30 Euro

Program of the Conference (PDF)
Registration Form

Registration until May 15, 2017:


International Conference

„HANS ARP AND THE US“, 22nd -23rd June 2015
American Academy Berlin

On June 22nd and 23rd 2015 the conference “Hans Arp and the US” took place. The conference was hosted by the Stiftung Arp e.V. in cooperation with the American Academy and the Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin. The international conference was dealing with the widespread recognition the work of Hans Arp achieved after the Second World War. Above all, his works found resonance in museums and galleries in the United States and among American collectors. Nevertheless, art historians have not yet fully analyzed Arp’s influence on post-war American art or the significance of his relationships with collectors, patrons and artists. Furthermore, although his presence in American exhibitions, galleries and the art market profoundly shaped his reception, the artist’s strong presence in the American art world has received little attention. The conference advances new scholarly approaches to the work of Hans Arp and promotes exchange between academics, curators and art market experts.

For the programm see: Programm "Hans Arp and the US"

All talks of the conference are available online on this website and at Vimeo.

International conference “Hans Arp and the US”
Opening speeches by Engelbert Büning and Loretta Würtenberger
Open video

Catherine Craft, Nasher Sculpture Centre, Dallas
Arp’s Reception and Impact in the New York Art World after 1945
Open video

Cara Manes, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Hans Arp and the Museum of Modern Art
Open video

Brandon Taylor, Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford
Arp Among the Pragmatists
Open video

Eric Robertson, Royal Holloway, University of London
“Dreams and Projects”. Hans Arp and Curt Valentin in New York
Open video

Maike Steinkamp, Stiftung Arp e.V., Berlin
The Exile Connection. Walter Gropius Commission of the “Harvard Relief” from Hans Arp
Open video

David Nash, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York
Hans Arp in Private US Collections
Open video

Carroll Janis, New York
Hans Arp and Sidney Janis: An Artist / Gallery Relationship of over Forty Years
Open video

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