Schwitters story on BBC
- Saw a link to a Schwitters story on BBC radio: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0194kl0
The lead-in reads:
It took a long time for the British artworld to recognise the
influence of Kurt Schwitters, a German artist who died in Cumbria just
after the end of World War Two. But in 2011, the Lake District barn he
worked in during his last days was rebuilt stone for stone in the West
End of London, and in 2013 a major retrospective of Schwitters' work
will open at Tate Britain. In this programme, Bob Dickinson explains why Schwitters has become so highly regarded, and traces Schwitters'
journey from Hannover to Cumbria, where he visits the original barn in
Elterwater where Schwitters' final, most ambitious work began to be
constructed - and Newcastle on Tyne, where that sculpture, built on to
one complete wall of the barn, was transported during the 1960s.
Kurt Schwitters was one of the great European modern artists - a
founder of the Dada movement in Germany, and an inventor of the
technique we now call collage - piecing artworks together from fragments of found images, print, text, or discarded objects which even included
rubbish. Eventually he developed a style he called Merz, and started
making elaborate sculptures you could walk inside, called Merzbau - the
forerunners of today's installation art. But the rise of the Nazis
forced Schwitters to flee, leaving his wife and family in Hannover, and
moving to Norway and then Britain.
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