Kurt Schwitters Picture of Spatial Growths - Picture with Two Small Dogs 1920–39

Artwork details

Artist
Kurt Schwitters 1887–1948
Title
Picture of Spatial Growths - Picture with Two Small Dogs
Bild mit Raumgewächsen-Bild mit 2 kleinen Hunden
Date 1920–39
Medium Oil paint, wood, paper, cardboard and china on board
Dimensions Frame: 1155 x 863 x 131 mm
support: 970 x 690 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1984
Reference
T03863
Not on display

Display caption

This assemblage of discarded rubbish and printed ephemera was begun in Germany in 1920. In 1937, Schwitters fled Nazi Germany and went to Norway, where he added layers of Norwegian material: theatre tickets, receipts, newspaper cuttings, scraps of lace, and a box with two china dogs. The different layers of collage reflect the artist's journey into exile. Schwitters coined the term Merz to describe this form of art, which arranges the detritus of urban civilization in a highly ordered composition.

August 2004

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