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Sophie Taeuber-Arp
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    (January 19, 1889-January 13, 1943)
    Born in Davos, Switzerland
    Painter, sculptor, textile artist, choreographer, dancer, puppeteer, costume designer and interior designer
    Taught weaving and textile arts at the Zurich School of Arts and Crafts (1916-29)
    Member of the 'Dada' movement in art
    Signed the Dada Manifesto (1918)
    Paintings and textiles known for their use of abstract geometric designs
    Sculpted a series of 'Dada Heads' (1918-20)
    Designed marionettes for 'The Stag King' (1918)
    Danced in, choreographed and designed sets and costumes for Dada shows at Zurich's Cabaret Voltaire
    Married to artist Jean Arp (1922-43)
    When she danced at the Cabaret Voltaire, she had to use a pseudonym, since the Zurich School of Arts and Crafts considered both Dadaism and modern dance to be scandalous.
    She complained that applied arts (such as costume design and textiles) did not get the same respect as fine arts.
    She was said to resemble one of her marionettes.
    She was overshadowed by her husband.
    Dadaist author Hugo Ball said, 'She is full of invention, whim and extravagance.'
    Her 'Dada Heads' can double as hat stands.
    She was influenced by African, Mexican and American Indian art.
    She designed the house where she and Jean lived outside of Paris and much of its furnishings.
    She died sleeping at a friend's house as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning from a malfunctioning stove.
    She was pictured on the Swiss 50-franc note.

Credit: C. Fishel

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