- Kurt Schwitters Hanover, Germany, 1887 - Ambleside, England, 1948
- Technique:Collage on paperboard
- Dimensions:16,5 x 13,5 cm
- Category: Work on paper, Collage
- Entry date:2009
- Register number:DE01946
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Surpassing the traditional concept of collage, the Merz displayed a constructivist component that linked Schwitters to the Russian avant-garde. Papers, wood, etc., are nailed together, and the nails themselves thus become yet another expressive element, an essential part of a work in which the artist puts into practice his idea that "what counted was to construct something from the fragments." Schwitters did not consider this to be an anti-artistic attitude, but rather a reform in which artworks once again connected with society through the introduction of banal and insignificant items, such as found items and waste material: "One can use waste material to shout out loud."
In this work, as with most Merz, writing plays an essential role. The writing comes from the real objects with which the pieces are made, such as newspaper cuttings or, in this case, the package of some Hartwig & Vogel chocolate.
Ruth Gallego Fernández
Schwitters, Kurt ( 1887-1948)New York : Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, 1965.
Schwitters, Kurt ( 1887-1948)London : The Tate Gallery, 1985.
Kurt Schwitters, 1877-1948 : Wallraf-Richartz-Museum Köln, in Verbindung mit dem Kölnischen Kunstverein, Ausstellung, 9. Oktober bis 24. November 1963.Schwitters, Kurt ( 1887-1948)[Köln : Druck: J. P. Bachem, 1963]
Schwitters, Kurt ( 1887-1948)London : Marlborough Gallery, 1972.
Schwitters, Kurt ( 1887-1948)Bremen : Kunsthandel Wolfgang Werner KG, 1989.