In what is, prima facie, a mesh of abstract lines, no few of the works that Sophie Taeuber-Arp completed between 1940 and 1942 in her exile in southern France manifest a symbolism of war, persecution and flight, showing six-pointed stars, hooks, and whips. The compositions of lively, curved lines have, in part, something lost, floating, broken, irrational about them, which, in all Taeuber-Arp’s earlier works, would have been wholly uncharacteristic. Yet for all the horrifying events hinted at, these drawings are highly aesthetic entities. In Taeuber-Arp’s cycle of works entitled ‘Lignes…’, an aspect of DADA re-emerges – the (meaning-denying) art of refugees from war.
The animation, which combines eight of her works from the ‘Lignes’ series with photographs from WW2, shows the connection and the discrepancy between Taeuber-Arp’s artistic activity and the world of war and persecution. The video thereby highlights a dilemma facing artists to this day, of making art in a time of injustice and violence. There is good reason to animate Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s compositions, as she developed a striking number of variations out of the same basic elements for her series and because dance, movement and rhythm play an important role throughout her œuvre.
Installation: large-scale projection as solo exhibit in the blacked-out space. Abruptly alternating light and dark pictures make for an exhibition space now lit relatively brightly, now dark.
Festivals and Awards
(Nicht) Unser Krieg
Group ExhibitionWeltkunstzimmerDusseldorfGermany24.02.2023 – 05.03.2023
Baroque Promises and Constructive Doubts
Solo ExhibitionKunstmuseum AhlenAhlenGermany02.06.2019 – 11.08.2019
SPACE 42. Dusseldorf Positions
Group ExhibitionRobert Koepke HausSchwalenbergGermany23.04.2017 – 18.06.2017