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The Museum of Avant-garde

Jean Arp

Germany (1886—1966)
French-German born Jean (or Hans) Arp spent his first years in Strasbourg, Paris and Weimar. In 1912 Kandinsky invited him to join him in Munich and join the Der Blaue Reiter group. He visited and exhibited in Zurich and in Berlin. In 1915 he moved back to Zurich to benefit from the Swiss neutrality. He became part of the Dadaist group and artists around the Cabaret Voltaire, and he later set up the Cologne Dada group with Max Ernst and Alfred Grunwald. Between 1925 and 1926 his artistic approach become closer to Surrealism until 1931 when the group started to dissolve. He found a new direction and founded the new movement Abstraction-Création and the periodical Transition. He continued to experiment using different materials and mediums to rearrange new configurations. In 1942 he escaped the German occupation and moved back to Zurich until his death, in 1966.

Dada Phone 7

Journal / Letterpress / 18.8 x 28.1 cm / Paris, 1920 / © 2020 Christophe Tzara

Œsophage

Magazine / Letterpress / 22.4 x 28.4 cm / Bruxelles, 1925

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Die Wolkenpumpe

Brochure / Letterpress with original woodcut / 14.8 x 21 cm / Hannover, 1920

Cinéma calendrier du coeur abstrait / Maisons

Illustrated book / Letterpress with woodcuts / 20.6 x 25.2 cm / Paris, 1920 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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Merz 4

Banalitäten / Magazine / Letterpress / 14.4 x 22.9 cm / Hannover, 1923 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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Construction moléculaire / Magazine / Letterpress / 27.4 x 44.1 cm / Zürich, 1919 / © Francis Picabia c/o Sabam, 2020

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Manomètre

Mélange des langues, enregistre les idées, indique la pression sur tous les méridiens, est polyglotte et supranational / Magazine / 17.5 x 22.5 cm / Lyon, 1922-1928

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Vingt-cinq poèmes

Illustrated book / Letterpress with woodcuts / 14.7 x 20.4 cm / Zürich, 1918

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Cabaret Voltaire

Recueil littéraire et artistique / Magazine / Letterpress / 20.9 x 29.6 cm / Zürich, 1916

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Der Sängerkrieg

Magazine / Letterpress and woodcuts / 21 x 31.4 cm / Paris, 1921

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Merz 6

Imitatoren watch step! / Magazine / Letterpress / 14.3 x 22.3 cm / Hannover, 1923 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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Dieu nous aide et fait pousser le caca / Magazine / Letterpress / 32.6 x 49.2 cm / Paris, 1924 / © Francis Picabia c/o Sabam, 2020

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Proverbe

Feuille mensuelle pour la justification des mots / Journal / Letterpress / 13.9 x 21.4 cm / Paris, 1920-1921

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391

La bicyclette archevêque / Magazine / Letterpress / 38 x 55.8 cm / Paris, 1919 / © Francis Picabia c/o Sabam, 2020

Bulletin D

Booklet / Letterpress and line block / 17.5 x 23 cm / Köln, 1919 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

De Stijl

Magazine / Letterpress / 20.7 x 28.6 cm / Delft / Leiden / Meudon, 1921-1932

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De nos oiseaux

Illustrated book / Letterpress with original woodcuts / 13.1 x 18.5 cm / Paris, 1929

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Kleine Menagerie

Illustrated book / Original woodcuts / 13.5 x 20.4 cm / Wiesbaden, 1955

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Dada 1

Recueil littéraire et artistique / Magazine / Letterpress / Zürich, 1917

Kunstismus, 1914-1924

Illustrated book / Letterpress / 20.3 x 26.5 cm / Zürich / Munich / Leipzig, 1925 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Die Bücherkiste

Monatsschrift für Literatur, Graphik und Buchbesprechung / Journal / Letterpress with original woodcuts / 15.4 x 23 cm / Munich, 1919-1921

Merz 2

Nummer i / Magazine / Letterpress / 14.4 x 22.2 cm / Hannover, 1923 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Dadameter

Die Schammade / Magazine / Letterpress with woodcuts / 22.9 x 29.4 cm / Berlin, 1920 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany

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Marie

Journal bimensuel pour la belle jeunesse / Bi-monthly journal / 24.2 x 32.3 cm / Bruxelles, 1926-1927

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Dada 2

Recueil littéraire et artistique / Magazine / Letterpress / 19.5 x 22.9 cm / Zürich, 1917

Anthologie Dada

Dada 4-5 / Journal / Letterpress with original woodcuts and lithographs / 19 x 28.2 cm / Zürich, 1919

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Le grand jeu

Magazine / 18 x 24.8 cm / Paris, 1928-1930

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Dada Almanach

Illustrated book / Letterpress / 13.5 x 20 cm / Berlin, 1920

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Merz 7

Tapsheft / Magazine / Letterpress / 23.6 x 31.3 cm / Hannover, 1924 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn