Modern and Contemporary Art
Kurt Schwitters, German, 1887 - 1948
Assemblage: painted wood, wire mesh, cardboard, paper
1952-61-117A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952
LabelThis construction is a classic example of Merz, an art form invented by Kurt Schwitters that included collage, poetry, graphic design, and sculpture. Schwitters adopted the name from a 1918 assemblage that included the fragment “merz” excerpted from a poster for the Commerz und Privatbank (Commercial and Private Bank). His brightly colored collages and assemblages celebrate the potential of leftover materials while blurring the boundary between art and life.
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