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The Museum of Avant-garde

Kurt Schwitters

Germany (1887—1948)
Born to a middle class family in Hanover, Schwitters suffered from epilepsy from early age but despite his condition he was enlisted in military service during WWI. He was employed as techinical draftsman in a factory: this opportunity started his fascination with machinery. In 1918 he got exposed to the Berlin avant-garde and international Dada movement and started finding his own expression transforming street rubbish into art. He collaborated with Hausmann and created his poems, the Ursonate. In 1923 he published the Dada Merz magazine and became close friend of van Doesburg and El Lizzitsky. In 1932 he joined the Abstraction-Création group. In 1937 he left for Norway to escape the imminent war and started a second Merzbau. 1940 he moved to the Isle of Man and from there to London. While the war was coming to its conclusion he suffered a stroke. He attempted a third series of Merzbau in the UK, but died before its completion.

Merz 18/19

Neue Architektur I, Ludwig Hilberseimer / Illustrated book / 14 x 25 cm / Hannover, 1925 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

PIN and the story of PIN

Illustrated book / 17.2 x 23.6 cm / London, 1962

Plate 3

From Merz 3 / Original lithograph / 44.4 x 55.5 cm / 1923 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Sturm Bilderbücher IV

Illustrated book / 22.3 x 28.7 cm / Berlin, 1920

Merz 8-9

Nasci / Magazine / Letterpress / 23.4 x 30.2 cm / Hannover, 1924 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Der Zeltweg

Magazine / Letterpress / 31 x 21 cm / Paris, 1919

Celler Volks-Möbel

Envelope / 21 x 29.7 cm / Berlin, 1930

Merz 1

Holland Dada / Magazine / Letterpress / 14.3 x 21.9 cm / Hannover, 1923 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Memoiren Anna Blumes in Bleie

Illustrated book / 11 x 18 cm / Freiburg, 1922

Plate 4

From Merz 3 / Original lithograph / 43.8 x 53 cm / 1923 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Merz 14-15

Die Scheuche: Märchen / Illustrated book / Letterpress / 24 x 20.4 cm / Hannover, 1925 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

De Branding

Exhibition catalogue / Letterpress / 21 x 29.7 cm / Rotterdam, 1922

Merz 6

Imitatoren watch step! / Magazine / Letterpress / 14.3 x 22.3 cm / Hannover, 1923 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Die billige gute Wohnung

Envelope / 21 x 29.7 cm / Berlin, 1930

Merz-Werbe Drucksache

Envelope / 16.3 x 11.5 cm / Hannover, 1925 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Merz 16-17

Die Märchen vom Paradies / Illustrated book / 20.8 x 26.8 cm / Hannover, 1924 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Die Kathedrale

Die Silbergäule, vol. 41/42 / Illustrated book / 8 original lithographs / 14.2 x 22.2 cm / Hannover, 1920 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Plate 6

From Merz 3 / Original lithograph / 43.8 x 55.5 cm / 1923 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Œsophage

Magazine / Letterpress / 22.4 x 28.4 cm / Bruxelles, 1925

Merz 11

Typoreklame / Booklet / Letterpress / 21.9 x 28.8 cm / Hannover, 1924 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Dada Matinée

Original lithograph / 85 x 82 cm / 1923

Merz 24

Ursonate / Booklet / Letterpress / 14.2 x 20.6 cm / Hannover, 1932 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Merz 20

Kurt Schwitters Katalog / Booklet / Letterpress / 15.9 x 24.5 cm / Hannover, 1927 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Tank

Revue internationale de l'art vivant / Magazine / Letterpress / 16.8 x 24.7 cm / Ljubljana, 1927-1928

Die neue Gestaltung in der Typographie

Booklet / 10.5 x 14.7 cm / Hannover, 1930 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Merz 7

Tapsheft / Magazine / Letterpress / 23.6 x 31.3 cm / Hannover, 1924 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Merz 21

Erstes Veilchenheft / Booklet / Letterpress / 31.7 x 21.1 cm / Hannover, 1931 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Manomètre

Mélange des langues, enregistre les idées, indique la pression sur tous les méridiens, est polyglotte et supranational / Magazine / 17.5 x 22.5 cm / Lyon, 1922-1928

Sekunde durch Hirn

By Melchior Vischer / Book cover / 13.6 x 20.7 cm / Hannover, 1920

La loterie du jardin zoologique

Illustrated book / 12.7 x 16.3 cm / Paris, 1951

Merz 2

Nummer i / Magazine / Letterpress / 14.4 x 22.2 cm / Hannover, 1923 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Merz 4

Banalitäten / Magazine / Letterpress / 14.4 x 22.9 cm / Hannover, 1923 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Dammerstock

Catalogue / 29.7 x 21 cm / Karlsruhe, 1929

Dada Tank

Journal / Letterpress / 23.4 x 31.3 cm / Zagreb, 1922