History Lesson — Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948)

Kurt Schwitters is one of the 20th Century’s best known collage artist. Born in Hannover, he studied art in Dresden then began to make collage work around the age of 30. It has been said that: He’d been denied membership in Berlin’s Club Dada for not being “political enough,” so shrugged his shoulders and formed the Dada sub-movement of Merz (a fragment of the word “Kommerz,” taken from a bank’s newspaper advertisement and incorporated into an early piece). Though Merz’ membership was limited to Schwitters, he often collaborated with other Dadaists.

The Nazi regime banned Schwitters’s work as “degenerate art” in 1937.

The first of the four images is from the Sprengel Museum Hannover.

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5 Responses to History Lesson — Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948)

  1. Erwin says:

    The museum is called “Sprengel Museum, Hannover”
    ….not Spengler Museum

  2. mattgonzalez says:

    Thanks! Correction made….

  3. kunstspeichereibel says:

    kurt schwitters war unserer zeit weit voraus.
    l.g.siegmund

  4. Siobhan says:

    Am I correct that the middle image on the right is entitled “Carnival”?

  5. Considerata arte degenerata dal nazismo…..no comment.

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