The exhibition explores Schwitters’s interaction with Britain in multiple ways seeking to trace his connections with British art and culture between 1940 and 1948 - visible both in the new materials and themes of his works and his interaction with the British art world - and in showcasing the rich holdings of Schwitters’s work in British collections, many of whose owners have a direct family connection with Schwitters.

  • Kurt Schwitters EN MORN 1947 DACS 2012 Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN / Bertrand Prévost

    EN MORN 1947

    © DACS 2012
    Photo:
    © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN / Bertrand Prévost

Schwitters’s collages and assemblages were made from everyday materials that he found around him, so his physical location had an enormous impact on the nature of his work. In London his materials ranged from the bus tickets and Bassetts Liquorice All Sorts sweet wrappers in Untitled (This is to Certify That) to a scrubbing brush and even a metal toy motorcyclist collaged alongside a clothes peg and fragments of china in As you like it. In the Lake District his work increasingly began to focus on the natural world, seen in abstract collages such as c 77 wind swept, but, through his correspondence with friends in America, he also looked further afield to the imagery of American popular culture in EN MORN.

In the coming weeks we will be looking in more depth at some of Schwitters’s materials, but for now we have a question for you. Can anybody identify the man who is collaged upside down in EN MORN? The lettering below the photograph reads ‘Registered Trademark’ so we think it is from packaging of some kind. But so far we haven’t been able to identify it. Over to you. 

Comments

Stephan

He looks very like Otto Rohm (German) inventor of Plexiglass but the eyebrows are throwing me...

Lynn W

The neighbouring paper looks like it's from the same packet. It's BPC so something like a packet of borax?

Susan Holtham

Thanks Stephan and Lynn W for your cunning detective work.

I'd just like to include here suggestions from elsewhere. On Facebook Marina Bonfatto suggested "Is he Gustav Jung ?", Nini Kapanadze wrote "I think he's Herman Hesse!" and on Twitter ‏@kornelia38 thought "@Tate possibly Sir James Burns? http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/burns-sir-james-177".

From plexiglass to borax, the famous Swiss psychotherapist to a Scottish-born businessman who lived in Australia, it's interesting to think about the wide-range and versatility of Schwitters's Merz and the impact location had on his work.

taffdancer at b...

No idea - but presumably you have contacted The Packaging Museum?
I went to see the exhibition on the week-end and thought it was very good. I did find the recording of the Dada-ist poem very irritating though. I could hear it through several rooms of art; and I wish the curators had made that an optional experience via headphones. I know the Dada-ists (kind of) set out to annoy people. However, when I have paid a substantial amount to see an exhibition, I prefer the quiet, contamplative atmosphere. For me, the best piece of art I have ever seen was Mark Wallinger's 'Entry to the Kingdon' at Tate Britain (and that was a free exhibition). I've written about it in one of my blog posts if you are interested.