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Sophie Taeuber-Arp

Sophie Taeuber-Arp

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Sophie Taeuber-Arp

January 19, 1889, Davos, Switzerland – January 13, 1943

Sophie Taeuber-Arp was a Swiss-born French Dada artist, textile designer, and modern dancer whose multimedia works bridged the gap between fine and applied arts.

In 1915 she met Jean Arp, who became her artistic collaborator and then her husband (1922). Together Taeuber-Arp and Arp created abstract multimedia works that they called Duo-Collages. Those early works were founded on geometry and patterns and were visibly influenced by Taeuber-Arp’s experience with textile design. 

In 1916 she also immersed herself in the Dada movement, which had taken hold of the avant-garde artists of Zürich. That year she also began to study modern dance with choreographer Rudolf Laban. She became an accomplished dancer and performed, sometimes with German dancer Mary Wigman, at the Cabaret Voltaire, a central meeting place of the Dadaists.

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