Sophie Taeuber-Arp

Museo Picasso Málaga

Back-to-back exhibitions of Sophie Taeuber-Arp at the Museo Picasso Málaga, Spain, and the Kirchner Museum Davos, Switzerland (the artist’s hometown), illuminated a relatively overlooked modernist whose exposure at the Museum of Modern Art in New York nearly thirty years ago left the impression that hers is a slight oeuvre. It is not. Taeuber-Arp may, in fact, be the most visible artist of the twentieth century: Her face adorns the Swiss fifty-franc bill, handled daily by millions. How odd that power and money adhere so strongly to her legacy, belying her beginnings as one of the original Dadaists. In the exhibition in Málaga, “Caminos de vanguardia” (Pathways of the Avant-Garde), works relating to architecture, travel photographs, and exquisite-corpse collaborations added new elements alongside her more familiar marionettes, textile designs, paintings, wood reliefs, and chance-derived

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