Kurt Schwitters was a pivotal figure in the 1920s German avant-garde; a bold and experimental artist who created his own form of Dada called ‘Merz.’ This involved working with found and everyday materials anything from old bus tickets to newsprint to pram wheels, to create collages which were both beautiful arrangements of colour and form, and visual narratives of the urban environment. Schwitters’s use of rubbish to make his work gives a fascinating snapshot of German and later English life in the early 20th century.
‘Merz’ also included sculptures, sound poems and artist’s periodicals and sculptures which filled whole rooms of his house, what would later be called ‘installations.
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