Jean Arp: The Poetry of Forms; Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo

Last Sunday i visited the Kröller-Müller Museum to see the Jean (or Hans) Arp (1886 – 1966) exhibition.

The works themselves are of course wonderful, there is an introductory movie with Arp being interviewed in Strasbourg (his city of birth), the explanatory texts on the walls are quite good and there are even poems by Arp (he was a very important and influential European poet as well) on the walls.

Poem by Tristan Tzara, illustration by Hans Arp

However, the way Arp talks about his works are completely contradicted by their presentation in the museum’s galleries.

All works, even the reliefs on the walls, are in glass showcases, which gives you the idea that you are looking at stuffed animals or at fossils, while Arp’s works should have the freedom to have a lot of space around them.

Moreover, each sculpture has its own pedestal.

It is of course understandable that these works have to be protected while the public is allowed to examine them at close distance, but now the show looks a bit, well, unpleasantly  bizarre.

On the other hand it is great to see so many examples of Arp’s works and of his artistic development, and every lover of 20th century art should see this show (the show is in its last week!).

This short blog photo report was made, thanks to the kind and cordial support of Rien Monshouwer and Karin van der Werff.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Museum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo and the owners of the works.

 

Bertus Pieters

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Barbara Hepworth, Sculpture for a modern world; Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo

Dan Graham, Two adjacent pavilions, 1982-2001

Dan Graham, Two adjacent pavilions, 1982-2001

Mark Di Suvero, K-piece, 1972

Mark Di Suvero, K-piece, 1972

Chohreh Feyzdjou, Buried paintings, 1994

Chohreh Feyzdjou, Buried paintings, 1994

Kröller-Müller Museum, near the village of Otterlo and situated in a nature reserve, is certainly one the finest museums for modern art in the Netherlands.

A visitors contribution

A visitor’s contribution

Christo, 56 barrels, 1968-77

Christo, 56 barrels, 1968-77

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Eugène Dodeigne, Sept, 1993, with the next door guy, photo taken by Rien Monshouwer

Eugène Dodeigne, Sept, 1993, with the next door guy, photo taken by Rien Monshouwer

It has an extensive sculpture park with some of the most iconic works of modern sculpture, ideal to visit on a sunny day in spring as we did this week.

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Alina Szapocznikow, Wielkie brzuchy, 1968

Alina Szapocznikow, Wielkie brzuchy, 1968

Hildo Krop, Vandaag en morgen, 1918

Hildo Krop, Vandaag en morgen, 1918

Main goal was the present Barbara Hepworth show but seeing the sculpture collection in the park is an unavoidable treat.

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Aldo van Eyck, Aldo van Eyckpaviljoen, 1965-66, rebuilt 2005

Aldo van Eyck, Aldo van Eyckpaviljoen, 1965-66, rebuilt 2005

Per Kirkeby, Backsteinskulptur, 1988

Per Kirkeby, Backsteinskulptur, 1988

Per Kirkeby, Backsteinskulptur, 1988

Per Kirkeby, Backsteinskulptur, 1988

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Krijn Giezen (my late former teacher), Kijk Uit, 1986-2005

Krijn Giezen (my late former teacher), Kijk Uit, 1986-2005

Luciano Fabro, La doppia faccia del cielo, 1986

Luciano Fabro, La doppia faccia del cielo, 1986

Chris Booth, Echo van de Veluwe, 2003-05

Chris Booth, Echo van de Veluwe, 2003-05

Chris Booth, Echo van de Veluwe, 2003-05

Chris Booth, Echo van de Veluwe, 2003-05

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth (1903 – 1975) is well represented in the collection.

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Trevalgan, 1956

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Trevalgan, 1956

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Trevalgan, 1956

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Trevalgan, 1956

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form with inner form, Anima, 1959

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form with inner form, Anima, 1959

Barbara Hepworth, Oval form, Trezion, 1962-63

Barbara Hepworth, Oval form, Trezion, 1962-63

Barbara Hepworth, Figure, Archaean, 1958

Barbara Hepworth, Figure, Archaean, 1958

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

These are some of her later works in bronze.

Jacob Epstein, Doves, 1914-15

Jacob Epstein, Doves, 1914-15

Alan Durst, Feline, 1930

Alan Durst, Feline, 1930

Barbara Hepworth, Head, 1930-31

Barbara Hepworth, Head, 1930-31

Barbara Hepworth, Standing figure, 1934

Barbara Hepworth, Standing figure, 1934

Inside the museum is the exhibition proper which starts with early works by Hepworth and her British contemporaries.

Barbara Hepworth, Forms in echelon, 1938

Barbara Hepworth, Forms in echelon, 1938

Barbara Hepworth, Forms in echelon, 1938

Barbara Hepworth, Forms in echelon, 1938

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Her works in wood of the 1930s, 40s and 50s are, in spite of being pleasing to the eye, quite radical.

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

It was more a disrupting harmony and a natural way of creating shapes than pleasing the eye she was aiming at.

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Configuration, Phira, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Configuration, Phira, 1955

The show is in its last week, so you really have to hurry to see it. After Otterlo the exhibition will move to the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck in Remagen (Germany).

Richard Serra, One, 1988, with artist Rien Monshouwer, one of its greatest fans

Richard Serra, One, 1988, with artist Rien Monshouwer, one of its greatest fans

This blog photo report was made thanks to kind and cordial support of Rien Monshouwer and Karin van der Werff.

starting point of a distance of 82 steps walked by stanley brouwn december 20th 1984

starting point of a distance of 82 steps walked by stanley brouwn december 20th 1984

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Bertus Pieters