Kurt Schwitters

Red Wire Sculpture

1944

On display at Tate Britain

Artist
Kurt Schwitters 1887–1948
Medium
Metal, plaster and stone
Dimensions
Object: 250 x 130 x 130 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1990
Reference
T05767

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, August 2004

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