The Swiss artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889-1943) was a pioneer of abstraction. In her interdisciplinary work, she smoothed the traditional boundaries between art and life with seemingly playful ease. The joy of experimentation in the avant-garde circles of Zurich and Paris, to which she belonged, and her training in the arts and crafts and her teaching activities merged into a living, applied abstraction, with which she shaped almost all areas of life. At the time of her tragic accidental death in 1943, her oeuvre included textiles such as pillows and tablecloths, beadwork, a puppet theater, costumes, murals, furniture, architecture, graphic design, painting, drawing, sculpture, and reliefs.
As varied as the materials she uses are, her formal language is clear and at the same time animated: in the Zurich Dada environment, Taeuber-Arp discovered dance as a means of expression. The cheerful play of balance and off-balance remained an essential feature of her art far beyond this period and also inspired her abstract compositions.
The comprehensive retrospective Gelebte Abstraktion, which the Kunstmuseum Basel will dedicate to Sophie Taeuber-Arp in 2021, will present her work to an international public for the first time. The exhibition is being mounted in cooperation with the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Tate, London. The artist, whose face will be familiar to many from her decades-long presence on the 50-franc note, will thus finally be established beyond the German-speaking world among the great avant-gardists of Classical Modernism.
A stirring overview makes it possible to relive the development of her work from its beginnings in the decorative arts to the architecture-related projects in Strasbourg and the abstract paintings of the Paris period. Taeuber-Arp was represented with numerous works in the Constructivist exhibition at the Kunsthalle Basel in 1937, which was significant for the development and spread of abstraction. This connects her to Basel as much as the fact that important collectors for her art were found here.
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