Kurt Schwitters
Red Wire Sculpture 1944

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Kurt Schwitters 1887–1948
Red Wire Sculpture
Date 1944
Medium Metal, plaster and stone
Dimensions Object: 250 x 130 x 130 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1990
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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