Born 1889, Davos, Switzerland
Died 1943, Switzerland
1908-1910 Studies textile at Ecole des Arts Appliqués in St Gall.
1912 Studies at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Hamburg.
1915-1920 Career begins in the center of the Dada activity in Zurich. She creates series of paintings along with polychrome wooden creations, marionettes, and set designs during this time.
1916-1929 Teaches at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich.
1922 Marries Jean Arp.
1926 Is commissioned with Arp and Theo van Doesburg to design the interior of the Café de l’Aubette in Strasbourg. This is one of the first public places to embody the modernist idea of integrating functionality and art.
1928 She and her husband build a house based on her designs.
1930 Begins a series of works with black and white backgrounds hosting geometric shapes (typically primary colors).
1930s Becomes a member of the Cercle et Carré group.
1931 Becomes a member of Abstraction–Création.
1932 Creates her “space paintings.”
1934 She and her husband leave Abstraction-Création because of the group’s exclusion of all figurative art.
Her works become more organic, though still containing geometric forms.
1937-1939 Works on Plastique, a periodical published in Paris and New York dealing with modern and abstract art.
1940 She and Arp flee from Paris.
December 1942 The couple returns to Zurich.
1943 Dies in her sleep as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning from a gas stove malfunction.