Jean (Hans) Arp. Phantastiche Gebete. 1916

Jean (Hans) Arp Phantastiche Gebete 1916

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Phantastische Gebete (Fantastic prayers) is a collection of sound poems by Richard Huelsenbeck. Performing these abstract compositions of phonemes at the Cabaret Voltaire, the center of Dada activity in Zurich, Huelsenbeck spoke in solemn, rhythmic declamations, a device intended to connect with ancient rituals—incantations, chants, liturgies—that the city’s Dadaists endowed with a potential for renewal. To accompany these poems in a book, Arp, another habitué of the Cabaret, made woodcuts of hieratic symmetrical forms. By cutting the wooden blocks he would print from along their grain rather than against it, he highlighted the wood’s organic internal patterns in his printed forms.

Gallery label from Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925, December 23, 2012–April 15, 2013
Author
Richard Huelsenbeck
Medium
Illustrated book with seven woodcuts
Dimensions
cover (closed): 9 1/16 x 5 11/16" (23 x 14.4 cm); page: 9 1/16 x 5 11/16" (23 x 14.4 cm)
Publisher
Collection DADA, Zurich
Printer
Julius Heuberger, Zurich
Edition
500
Credit
Gift of Frank Perls (by exchange)
Object number
158.1975.1-7
Copyright
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Department
Drawings and Prints