Tate Modern Exhibition

Sophie Taeuber-Arp

A black and white photograph where a woman faces the camera with a wooded abstract head sculpture in front of one side of her face. The woman wears a bowler hat and has face paint on the visible side of her face.

Nic Aluf Sophie Taeuber with her Dada Head 1920 Stiftung Arp e.V., Berlin

A long overdue recognition of Taeuber-Arp’s pivotal contribution to modern art and design

Sophie Taeuber-Arp was one of the foremost abstract artists and designers of the 1920s and 30s. Her multidisciplinary work has enduring influence, inspiring innovative artists and designers around the world.

Taeuber-Arp’s creative output was extraordinarily diverse and at times controversial. She made embroideries and paintings, carved sculptures and edited magazines, created puppets and mysterious Dada objects. She combined traditional crafts with the vocabulary of modernist abstraction, challenging the boundaries separating art and design.

This is the first retrospective of her work ever held in the UK. It brings together her principal works from major collections in Europe and the US, most of which have never been seen in this country before.

A marionette with stripey arms and legs and a white ruffled dress

Sophie Taeuber-Arp Angela (marionette for King Stag) 1918 Museum für Gestaltung, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zurich. Decorative Arts Collection

A white background with black lines, from which coloured circles hang

Sophie Taeuber-Arp Equilibrium 1934 Kunstmuseum Basel. Gift of Hans Arp

An oval rug with red and orange coloured shapes

Sophie Taeuber-Arp Oval Composition with Abstract Motifs c.1922 Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen

A round painting with relief in yellow, grey, black, white and blue

Sophie Taeuber-Arp Flight: Round Relief in Three Heights 1937 Stiftung Arp e.V., Berlin

A wooden marionette puppet held up by two strings wears a red hat, a white ruffled top and red trousers

Sophie Taeuber-Arp Clarissa (marionette for King Stag) 1918 Museum für Gestaltung, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zurich. Decorative Arts Collection

Presented in The Eyal Ofer Galleries. Supported by Tate Members. Organised by Tate Modern, The Museum of Modern Art, and Kunstmuseum Basel

Tate Modern's entrance is via the Turbine Hall on Holland Street. There are automatic sliding doors and a ramp down to the entrance.

This exhibition is on level two of the Blavatnik buildings.

There are lifts to every floor of the Blavatnik and Natalie Bell buildings. Alternatively you can take the stairs.

  • Fully accessible toilets are located on every floor on the concourses.
  • A quiet room is available to use in the Natalie Bell Building on Level 4.
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Our exhibition guide explores the exhibition room by room.

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Tate Modern

London SE1 9TG
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15 July – 17 October 2021

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  • This ticket includes access to the collection route

Supported by

John J. Studzinski CBE

With additional support from

The Sophie Taeuber-Arp Exhibition Supporters Circle:

Abigail and Joseph Baratta
Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation

Tate Americas Foundation

Tate Patrons

and Tate Members

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