Award of the ARP-Research Fellowships 2017

In 2017 four international fellows will research the life and work of the artists Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp supported by the Stiftung Arp e.V.

In January 2017, the ARP-Research Fellowships were awarded for the third time. The fellowships are intended for both junior as well as senior scholars and curators whose research encompasses the work of Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp and its wider cultural and intellectual contexts.

Like the years before the call for applications found international resonance. Applications from Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States encompassed diverse aspects of Hans Arp’s and Sophie Taeubers artistic production. From the submissions, four projects were selected for archival and library fellowships.

The French art historian Cécile Bargues (Paris) will use her two month stay in Berlin to research the „afterlife“ of the work of Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp. On the one hand she will explore the influence of their work to the artist Elsworth Kelly. On the other hand she will deal with the dialectics of construction and deconstruction in the work of Hans Arp after 1945.
The Italian art historian Alessandro Ferraro (Genova) will use the time of his fellowship to collect sources on the so called Groupe de Grasse, a network of artistes, who were living and working in the south of France during 1941-1943. Among the artist of the Groupe de Grasse are artists like Hans Arp, Sonia Delaunay, Nelly van Doesburg, Ferdinand Springer, François Stahly and Sophie Taeuber-Arp
Matashi Futakami (Hokkaido) is teaching sculpture at the Hokkaido University of Education in Japan. In the context of his three month’ fellowship he will explore the sculptural technique of Hans Arp analyzing his original art works. On the basis of his findings he is going to elaborate a new method of teaching abstract sculpture.      
The American Art Historian Tessa Paneth-Pollak (East Lansing, Michigan) is going to deepen her research in Hans Arps “cut-out”-technique. Her results will be integrated in her new book project on the history of the “cut-out” in the art of the early 20th century.

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