Kurt Schwitters

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Image Credit: © Kurt Schwitters, Merzbau, 1924-37

Schwitters is very well known for his monumental Merzbau, a structure which was his own house. And so Kurt Schwitters picked refuse up off the ground and attempted to build a place in which he could live. Is this not the very task that faces modern society the vitality of which depends upon urban infrastructure and city planning?

“[E]verything had broken down in any case and new things had to be made out of the fragments: and this is Merz. It was like an image of the revolution within me, not as it was, but as it should have been.”
–Kurt Schwitters

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7 thoughts on “Kurt Schwitters

  1. I really like the idea of reusing objects instead of always buying new things. schwitters created something beautiful and useful out of these discarded objects proving that new isn’t always better, its actually pretty wasteful.

  2. This appears to be a 3 dimensional version of a cubist painting. I think that in the world of art, among the important steps we should take to grow, translating a 2 dimensional style into a living situation could possibly open our eyes to different possibilities.

  3. this is the kind of house I live in. Beautiful chaos. Theres nothing “normal” or “practical” about living in a place like this, but its beautiful, and interesting. Every time you look at the work, you see something different. Every time you experience this, you can feel different moods.

  4. This is the kind of house I would like to live in. Beautiful chaos. Theres nothing “normal” or “practical” about living in a place that looks and functions like this, but its beautiful, and interesting. Every time you look at the work, you see something different. Every time you experience this, you can feel different moods.

  5. To really understand this piece you have to think what was going on in the world at this time, in Germany Hitler had just come into power and was taking artists into custody so to escape Schwitters, the German artists, made a world in his own house to escape from the chaos that was going on right outside. I think it shows how powerful art is by how he could escape through it.

  6. Like an M.C. Escher painting, Schwitters created a beautifully abstract maze among this living space. I wonder how functional this room is though…

  7. The strong use of line and value makes for an almost distressing piece. The overall image is successful in its playfulness with form.

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