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  • Hans Stoeve
    Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948) was born in Hannover, Germany. He ws a Dadaist artist and writer who is best known for the invention of Merz, a form of art made
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      Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948) was born in Hannover, Germany. He ws a Dadaist
      artist and writer who is best known for the invention of Merz, a form of
      art made from refuse. In his words these consisted of "disparate elements
      merged into a work of art, with the help of nails, and glue, paper and
      rags, hammers and oil paints, parts of machinery and bits of lace."

      Schwitters was also a sound poet, stage designer, performance artist and
      sculptor, as well as doing typographical design and publicity to earn a
      living. Nearly all of his work was labelled MERZ. The first Merz picture
      was in 1910.

      Merz- The term Merz comes from one of Schwitters early collages where a
      piece of paper with the word KOMMERZ, German for commerce, was used in a
      collage. By the time the paper found its way into the collage, all that was
      left was the nonsense syllable MERZ.

      Merzbow- named after the great work Merzbau, by Schwitters. The Merzbau was
      an architectural assemblage constructed over a decade inside the artists
      house. Schwitters called his installation The Cathedral Of Erotic Misery.
      The Merzbau was destroyed in an allied boming raid in 1944.


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      over 200 recordings to his name...

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