Arp: Influence & Exchange Symposium

23 Nov 2017 - 24 Nov 2017

Thursday 23 November 5.30 - 7.30pm, Friday 23 November 10.30am - 5pm

£30 / £20 concessions

A symposium exploring the work of Hans Jean Arp in conjunction with the exhibition Arp: The Poetry of Forms at Turner Contemporary, Margate.

Organised by Turner Contemporary in partnership with the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Royal Holloway, University of London

Supported by the Finnis Scott Foundation

The notion of a ‘poetry of forms’ is powerfully expressed in the sculptures, reliefs, drawings, paintings, poems and other texts of Hans Jean Arp (1886-1966). Enriched with originality and humour, the works he produced throughout a long career establish a web of relationships, echoes and dialogues. Both individually and as a whole they continue to develop new meanings.

This symposium will explore Arp’s influence on and engagement with many of the major art movements of the twentieth century and his collaborations with artists of the European avant-garde, as well as his enduring legacy today. It is organised alongside the first exhibition in a public gallery of Arp’s work in the UK since 1966, co-curated by Frances Guy and Prof. Eric Robertson.

Speakers include Helen Caddick (Independent composer), Dr Jill Fell (Birkbeck, University of London), Dr Edward Juler (Newcastle), Dr Julia Kelly (Loughborough), Prof Eric Robertson (Royal Holloway, University of London) Dr Rachel Smith (Tate), Professor Brandon Taylor (Solent University/ Ruskin School of Art, Oxford).

There will be a reception for delegates on the evening of Thursday 23 November including a presentation of Amphora composed by Helen Caddick, inspired by the work of Jean Arp and a guided tour of the exhibition led by exhibibition co-curator Frances Guy. The full schedule for the symposium will be released shortly.

Arp: The Poetry of Forms is at Turner Contemporary from 13 October 2017 to 14 January 2018. Organised by Turner Contemporary in collaboration with the Kröller-Müller Museum.

Exhibition supported by Pro Helvetia and Finnis Scott Foundation.

Image: Concrétion humaine ou Coquille se dénouant, 1936, limestone. Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Dr Emil and Clara Friedrich-Jezler bequest, 1973 © Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft, Zürich, Lutz Hartmann


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