Born in 1965 thanks to a donation of the Arps, this collection originally included six sculptures and twenty reliefs by Arp himself, as well as a considerable number of pieces by European artists who were friends with Jean and Marguerite.
It was spontaneously formed, without a precise fil rouge. Around these first pieces, other legacies have subsequently merged to form an important nucleus which has contributed to the creation of its current profile.
The Arp collection has thus assumed its physiognomy, mainly focused on abstractionism, and, as of today, with over ninety works of extraordinary richness and value, it presents us with the leading authors in the history of European art of the 20th century.
The Museo Casorella offers an opportunity to remember the figure of Jean Arp (Strasbourg 1887 – Basel 1966) and to understand the influence he had on other artists.
Along with an important series of sculptures, reliefs, paintings on canvas, and tapestries by Arp, important works of great authors of the first and second half of the 20th century, including Joseph Albers, Willi Baumeister, Michel Berkelaers, Camille Bryen, Sonia Delaunay, Piero Dorazio, Viking Eggeling, Max Ernst, Fritz Glarner, Walter Helbig, Johannes Itten, Marcel Janco, Lajos Kassák, Paul Klee, Alberto Magnelli, Mondrian, Meret Oppenheim, Francis Picabia, Hans Richter, Arthur Segal, Sophie Täuber, Theo van Doesburg, Victor Vasarely, and Alexej von Jawlensky are present.