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Sophie Taeuber-Arp was a key woman artist in the Zürich Dada movement and a multifaceted innovator with a wide-ranging body of work. In 1918, she designed an ensemble of radically abstracted marionettes that were featured in the Swiss Werkbund exhibition in Zürich as the cast for a reimagined version of Re Cervo—a 1762 fairytale about King Deramo’s search for a wife. 

These Sophie Taeuber-Arp Dada Marionettes are poseable painted wooden figures, handcrafted in Germany, that are stringless versions based on her original, otherworldly designs. Composed of cylinders, cones and spheres, they were in direct contrast to the human-like marionettes that were prevalent at the time. 

The first retrospective of Taeuber-Arp’s artwork in 40 years, Sophie Taeuber-Arp: Living Abstractions, will be staged at MoMA from November 21, 2021 through March 12, 2022. Her work is represented in the Museum’s collection.
  • Designer
    Sophie Taeuber-Arp
  • Size
    King: 15" h Standing; 12.6"h Seated, Throne 4" diam.
    Stag: 12.5" h x 4.5"l
    Guard: Torso 11"h x 3.5 diam.
  • Materials
    Wood, Metal
  • Year of Design
    1918
  • Origin
    Germany

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