Jean Arp

Jean Arp (hans Arp) was born in Strasbourg (1866). In 1904, after leaving the École des Arts et Métiers in Strasbourg, he went to Paris where he published his poetry for the first time. He was trained in art in Weimar (1905-1907) and in Paris, at the Academie Julian (1908).

In 1912, he went to Munich, called on Wassily Kandinsky, the influential Russian painter and art theorist, was encouraged by him in his researches and exhibited with the Der Blaue Reiter group. Later that year, he took part in a major exhibition in Zürich, along with Henri Matisse, Robert Delaunay and Kandinsky.

In 1916, with Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara, and others, he founded the Cabaret Voltaire – the first manifestation of Dada...