Le Surréalisme chez soi



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One hundred years ago, André Breton published the Surrealist Manifesto. This anniversary - which coincides with the conclusion of the cataloguing of the historical library of the Fondazione Marguerite Arp -provided the cue to rearrange the ground floor of Hans and Marguerite Arp's studio house with a small exhibition.
In the living and studio spaces, which retain the original furnishings, rare books dedicated to Surrealism (such as "L'Exposition surréaliste d'Objects", 1936)are on display, as well as works by Hans Arp, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp and other artist friends. Already among the founders of Dadaism in Zurich in 1916, Arp joined Surrealism from the group's first exhibition at the Galerie Pierre in Paris in 1925. Although he embodied a certain continuity between the two historical avant-garde movements, Arp nevertheless did not see Surrealism as his exclusive participation and maintained his own artistic independence and freedom, which allowed him to take part in other non-figurative movements such as Cercle et Carré and Abstraction-Création in the 1930s.

Open to the public
09.05 Ascension Day, 2pm-6pm
20.05 Whit Monday, 2-6 pm
During the Locarno Film Festival (07-17.08) daily from 14-17 h

Guided tours by appointment
29.06, 14:00 Guided tour in German
       15:00 Guided tour in Italian

07.09, 14:00 Guided tour in German
       15:00 Guided tour in Italian

For other public openings and guided tours, please visit fondazionearp.ch


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