Artists Adam Chodzko and Laure Prouvost were commissioned to make new works in response to the legacy of Kurt Schwitters.
In every place Schwitters settled he made large-scale sculptural environments, constructed from plaster and found objects, which filled entire rooms. In Germany he built his legendary ‘Merzbau’, which was later destroyed during the Second World War. At the time of his death Schwitters was living in exile in the Lake District, and working on another Merz environment: his ‘Merz Barn’. Over the last year, Chodzko and Prouvost have developed their own artworks at Grizedale Arts, itself close to the Merz Barn. Both share an interest in how memories and factual narratives about a historical figure can shift and be revised across time.
Their work is on show as part of Schwitters in Britain at Tate Britain, 30 January – 12 May 2013