left Chicken and Egg
1946, Mixed media object: 445 x 240 x 185 mm. Lent by Geoff Thomas 1991 (Tate Britain collection L01738)
Acknowledged as one of the leading artists of the Modernist era, Schwitters also made an important contribution to the development of contemporary art and architecture both in Britain and internationally. However, apart from the Schwitters Archive at the Sprengel Museum in Hanover and the Merz Barn wall at the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle, there is no centre in Britain or Europe devoted to Kurt Schwitters. To address this situation the LITTORAL Trust has launched an international fundraising campaign to restore the Merz Barn, and create a Merz Barn museum and Kurt Schwitters study centre. This will be based in Elterwater, near the Merz Barn.
'..one of the key works of 20th century art .. the Dada equivalent of Durham Cathedral'
'..the most important work of modern British art'
'My Merz Barn is better and more important than everything I have done up to now'
Kurt Schwitters (6/10/47)
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Kurt Schwitters / contributions to contemporary art and architecture
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Schwitters in England the Merz Barn in context
Schwitters' contributions to contemporary art and architecture
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