Kurt Schwitters

1887–1948

Kurt Schwitters, ‘Opened by Customs’ 1937–8
Opened by Customs 1937–8
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In Tate Britain
In Tate Britain

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Biography

Kurt Hermann Eduard Karl Julius Schwitters (20 June 1887 – 8 January 1948) was a German artist who was born in Hanover, Germany.

Schwitters worked in several genres and media, including dadaism, constructivism, surrealism, poetry, sound, painting, sculpture, graphic design, typography, and what came to be known as installation art. He is most famous for his collages, called Merz Pictures.

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Schwitters Interned

Discover Kurt Schwitters' response to being in a WW2 British Internment Camp

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Schwitters in context: The British years – Part 2

This half-day conference brings together leading scholars in the field to discuss Kurt Schwitters’s British period and its broader ...
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Curator's talk: Schwitters in Britain

Curator of the exhibition Schwitters in Britain Emma Chambers will give an exclusive insight into the creation of the show ...

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Contemporary Responses to Kurt Schwitters

Fictional Grandparents and an office designed by Frank Lloyd-Wright feature in two contemporary artistic responses to Kurt Schwitters

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