Kurt SchwittersRed Wire Sculpture 1944

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Artist
Kurt Schwitters (1887‑1948)
Title
Red Wire Sculpture
Date 1944
MediumMetal, plaster and stone
Dimensionsobject: 250 x 130 x 130 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1990
Reference
T05767
Not on display

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Schwitters arrived in Britain as an exile in 1940 and remained here for the rest of his life. Primarily celebrated for collages and reliefs made from found materials, he also made sculptures throughout his career. They included small-scale works, and objects made for a series of sculptural environments. The sculptures on display here were made in England by Schwitters towards the end of his life. They are characterised by an inventive use of found objects, pieces of wood or wire and materials, such as plaster, fashioned by the artist. Although abstract, their shapes are biomorphic, recalling the forms of nature, and their suggestive titles demonstrate a wry sense of humour.

August 2004

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