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Schwitters Interned

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

This film explores German artist Kurt Schwitters' time in Hutchinson internment camp on the Isle of Man from 1940–41. Through letters, pamphlets and sketches donated to the archive by fellow internee Klaus Hinrichesen, we can see the inventiveness and creativity that existed within the camp, despite the conditions, and understand this often over-looked period of Schwitters' career.

Kurt Hermann Eduard Karl Julius Schwitters (20 June 1887 – 8 January 1948) was a German artist who was born in Hanover, Germany. He worked in several genres including dadaism, constructivism, surrealism, poetry, sound, painting, sculpture, graphic design, typography, and what came to be known as installation art.

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