Thursday, 21 January 2010

Kurt Schwitters : MERZ

Schwitters worked in several genres and media, including Dada, Constructivism, Surrealism, poetry, sound, painting, sculpture, graphic design,typography and what came to be known as installation art.
He is most famous for his collages, called 'Merz Pictures'.

'Merz', a periodical published by Schwitters from 1923-1932, was a 'personal DADA almanac' that focused on a central theme in each issue. 'Merz 5' was a portfolio of prints by Hans Arp, and 'Merz 24' was typeset by Jan Tschichold.

Alongside his collages, Schwitters also dramatically altered the interiors of a number of spaces throughout his life. The most famous was The Merzbau, the transformation of six (or possibly more) rooms of the family house in Hannover, Waldhausenstrasse 5.

Video of the Merzbau.

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