Hans when he spoke in German and Jean when in French, either way, Mr Arp had some wise words to share.

 

Jean Arp, reproduced in 391, No. 8, Zurich, February 1919

Jean Arp, reproduced in 391, No. 8, Zurich, February 1919

1.

Hans Arp

Hans Arp

2.

the streams buck like rams in a tent
whips crack and from the hills come the crookedly combed
shadows of the shepherds.
black eggs and fools’ bells fall from the trees.
thunder drums and kettledrums beat upon the ears of the donkeys.
wings brush against flowers.
fountains spring up in the eyes of the wild boar.

– Dada poetry lines from his poem ‘Der Vogel Selbdritt‘, Jean / Hans Arp – first published in 1920; as quoted in Gesammelte Gedichte I (transl. Herbert Read), p. 41

3.

Hans Arp

Hans Arp

4.

As the thought comes to me to exorcise and transform this black with a white drawing, it has already become a surface.. .Now I have lost all fear, and begin to draw on the black surface.

– Hans Arp’s quote on drawing on the black surface; as quoted in Search for the Real, Hans Hofmann, Addison Gallery of modern Art, 1948

5.

Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.

6.
Hans Arp

Hans Arp

7.

I hereby declare that on February 8th, 1916, Tristan Tzara discovered the word DADA. I was present with my twelve children when Tzara pronounced for the first time this word which has aroused in us such legitimate enthusiasm. This took place at the Café Terrasse in Zurich, and I wore a brioche in my left nostril. I am convinced that this word has no importance and that only imbeciles and Spanish professors can be interested in dates. What interests us is the Dada spirit and we were all Dada before the existence of Dada. The first Holy Virgins I painted date from 1886, when I was a few months old and amused myself by pissing graphic impressions. The morality of idiots and their belief in geniuses makes me shit.

– ‘Declaration’, Jean (Hans) Arp, October 1921

Born 16 September 1886
Strasbourg, German Empire
Died 7 June 1966 (aged 79)
Basel, Switzerland
Nationality German-French
Education Académie Julian
Known for Sculpture, painting
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Literary, Visual art

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