Anyone who has visited the sculpture garden of the museum is familiar with Jean Arp from his Cloud shepherd (1953). This iconic sculpture has been stealing the show ever since the garden opened in 1961. Now, for the first time since Jean Arp’s death in 1966, there is a major retrospective of his work. A unique opportunity for lovers of art, nature and poetry.KM 111.939 Jean Arp, Berger de nuages (Could shepherd), 1953, photo Lida Goede

Jack of all trades

Jean (Hans) Arp (1886-1966) is one of the most innovative and influential artists of the European avant-garde. He began his career as a poet and later worked as a painter, sculptor and graphic artist. The exhibition reveals the interaction between visual art and poetry and the humour and playfulness in his work.

Over eighty works

Arp: The Poetry of Forms showcases the full gamut of Arp’s work: sculptures, reliefs and works on paper, poetry, writings and publications. The exhibition comprises some eighty works from the three Arp foundations in Berlin, Paris and Locarno and from museums including Kunstmuseum Basel, Tate London and Centre Pompidou in Paris.

De Stijl

Arp’s extensive network also included Theo van Doesburg, founder of De Stijl. Arp worked together with Van Doesburg and his wife Sophie Taeuber-Arp on a major project: redesigning the interior of the Aubette amusement centre in Strasburg. These designs are also featured in a separate section of the exhibition.


A publication entitled Arp: The Poetry of Forms, written by Frances Guy and Eric Robertson, accompanies the exhibition.
Publisher: Kröller-Müller Museum, ISBN-number: 978-90-73313-43-9, softcover, pg. 144, Dutch/English.

Arp logo's

The exhibition takes place as part of the international De Stijl Year: Mondriaan to Dutch Design. You can find more information on the theme year on the website of the NBTC.

Images:  Jean Arp, Berger de nuages, 1953, photo: Lida Goede / Jean Arp, Torse préadamite, 1938 (left) and Étoile, 1939, photo: Marjon Gemmeke / Jean Arp, La planche à oeufs, 1922, private collection / Theo van Doesburg, Maquette of the Aubette in Strasburg; interior Ciné-dancing, design 1928 (maquette circa 1888), photo: Cary Markerink