Coverbild In the Beginning was Merz
In the Beginning was Merz
From Kurt Schwitters to the Present Day
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Texts by: Dietmar Elger, Isabel Ewig, Justin Hoffmann, Ines Katenhusen, Ulrich Krempel, Dr. Anette Kruszynski, Susanne Meyer-Büser, Dr. Karin Orchard, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schaub, Dr. Isabel Schulz
Edited by: Susanne Meyer-Büser, Dr. Karin Orchard
September 2000 , 348 Pages
310mm x 260mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-0951-4
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This volume documents Kurt Schwitters and his profound influence on the generations of artists that folowed him, including artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Joseph Beuys, Jessica Stockholder and Laura Kikauta.
Merz was the central invention of Kurt Schwitters, both a classic and revolutionary of modern art, and his Merz building the manifestation of his landmark idea of the total art work. Myth of a once-in-a-lifetime work of art that it was, it became the point of departure for all kinds of artistic innovation. This publication documents Schwitters´ oeuvre, which transcends the idea of genre, and its meaning for art in the second half of the 20th century: artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly or Joseph Beuys were informed by Schwitters´ principle of collage and his idea of merging art and life. Recent works by contemporary artists such as Jessica Stockholder, Laura Kikauta, the groups Gelatin and Tomato - who also did the book design - forge a bond to Schwitters´ mental attitude and the continuation of the collage principle. (German edition available ISBN 3-7757- 0927-4) The artist: Kurt Schwitters (Hanover 1887-1948 Kendal, Lake District). Studies at the Hanover School for applied arts and the Königlich Sächsische Akademie der Künste in Dresden. In 1911, first participation in an exhibition. In 1919, first MERZ picture and publication of the poem "An Anna Blume". After 1923, work at the MERZ building, publication of the MERZ. In 1937, defamation of his works, emigration to Norway. In 1940, flight to England. In 1943, destruction of the house and the MERZ building in an air raid. Exhibition Schedule:ì Sprengel Museum Hannover August - November, 2000ì Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf November, 2000 - February, 2001ì Haus der Kunst München March - May, 2001
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