Like no other couple, Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Hans Arp influenced the art of their time. Faced with the major social issues of the 20th century, they sought a radical new beginning. The Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck is the only museum in the world dedicated to this groundbreaking artist couple on the basis of its top-class collection. More than 400 works are housed in the extraordinary architecture of the historic station building and Richard Meier's light-filled building.
Pacifism, equality and ecology manifested themselves extraordinarily early in the lives and work of the two. In rebellion against existing social values and conventions, they constantly reinvented themselves and their works, but never left their artistic and conceptual home: abstraction.
The innovative radiance of Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Hans Arp, which remains unbroken to this day, is shown in the new collection presentation by means of the development of the two artists' works. Hans Arp created outstanding works of organic abstraction. Nature was a constant source of inspiration for his sculptures, reliefs and works on paper. He also produced experimental and lyrical texts in the creative environment of Dada and Surrealism. With her works developed from geometric forms, Sophie Taeuber-Arp is one of the pioneers of modern art. As a painter, textile designer and architect, she shaped a new unity of art, craft and technology.
The exhibition condenses their lives, creative milestones and historical cross-references into a broad panorama. Interactive stations also offer an immersive experience into the vast cosmos of modernism which can be brought to life with your own questions.