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Mz 289. Erfurt, 1921

Kurt Schwitters

German, 1887-1948
Collage with pasted paper, cloth, watercolor and pencil on heavy wove paper
comp: 6-1/2 x 5-3/8 in. (16.5 x 13.7 cm); sheet: 8-1/2 x 6-5/8 in. (21.6 x 16.8 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
P.1953.314
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Schwitters founded the Dadaist movement in Hanover in 1923. He called the movement "Merz" (something cast-off, like junk). About the process of making art, Schwitters wrote: "Because the medium is unimportant, I take any material whatsoever if the picture demands it. . . .I call the world view from which this mode of artistic creation arose �Merz.'. . .The meaning of the concept "Merz" changes with the change in the insight of those who continue to work with it."

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