Professor Eric Robertson, Curating Arp’s Poetic Forms


  • 5.15pm

  • Hunter Building, Hunter Lecture Theatre (017)
    74 Lauriston Place
    Edinburgh
    EH3 9DF

‘Arp: the Poetry of Forms’, showing at Turner Contemporary from September 2017 until January 2018, is the first large-scale exhibition of Hans Jean Arp’s work in the UK since 1962. An important figure of Dada, Surrealism and Abstraction, Arp also influenced British Modernism. His diverse practice had a poetry and playfulness at its core that is as engaging for audiences today as it was in his lifetime.

This landmark exhibition comprises over 80 loans – sculptures, reliefs, woodcuts, paintings, drawings, prints and publications – the majority of which have never been on display in the UK. Organised in collaboration with the Kröller-Müller Museum in the Netherlands, where it ran from May to September 2017, the exhibition was curated by Frances Guy and Professor Eric Robertson. In his talk, Eric Robertson will chart the challenges and pitfalls of this lengthy project from conception to completion.

Presented by Professor Eric Robertson (Royal Holloway)

Eric Robertson is Professor of Modern French Literary and Visual Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Writing Between the Lines: René Schickele, citoyen français, deutscher Dichter 1883-1940 (Rodopi, 1995), Arp: Painter, Poet, Sculptor (Yale University Press, 2006, winner of the R. H. Gapper Book Prize), Arp: The Poetry of Forms (Kröller-Müller Museum, 2017) and Blaise Cendrars and the Artistic Avant-Garde (Reaktion Books, forthcoming 2018). He is co-editor of Yvan Goll – Claire Goll: Texts and Contexts (Rodopi 1997, with Robert Vilain), Robert Desnos: Surrealism in the 21st Century (Peter Lang, 2006, with Marie-Claire Barnet and Nigel Saint), Dada and Beyond: Vol. 1: Dada Discourses and Vol. 2: Dada and its Legacies (Rodopi 2011 and 2012, with Elza Adamowicz). He has worked and published with museums including Almine Rech Gallery (New York), Arp Museum (Rolandseck), Stiftung Arp (Berlin), Cabaret Voltaire (Zurich), Hauser & Wirth (London, Los Angeles, New York and Zurich), Kröller-Müller Museum (Otterlo), Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg and Turner Contemporary.

The talk is free and open to all. Drinks are served afterwards in the John Higgitt Gallery.

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