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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.

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

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

Die Wolkenpumpe

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

Calendrier 20

Magazine / 22.9 x 19.5 cm / Paris, 1919

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

Marie

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

De nos oiseaux

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

Vingt-cinq poèmes

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

Der Sängerkrieg

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

Œsophage

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

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

Dada 1

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

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

Dada Phone 7

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

De Stijl

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

Merz 7

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

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

Proverbe

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

Kleine Menagerie

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

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

Cabaret Voltaire

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

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

Der Zeltweg

Magazine / Letterpress / 31 x 21 cm / Paris, 1919

Bulletin D

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

Le grand jeu

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

Die Bücherkiste

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

Dada Almanach

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

Anthologie Dada

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

Dada 2

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