Kurt Schwitters Color and Collage at Princeton University Art Museum

Princeton University Art Museum presents Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage. On View March 26 through June 26, 2011.

Kurt Schwitters (1887–1948) was an integral part of Germany’s revolutionary art and intellectual movements in the tumultuous wake of the First World War. He is one of the most enduring figures of the 20th century international avant-garde, and has been cited as a profound influence by artists ranging from Robert Rauschenberg to Damian Hirst. Widely acknowledged as a great master of collage, Schwitters’ diverse body of work cut across boundaries, hierarchies and media to include painting, sculpture, typography, poems and performance pieces, and it anticipated most of the leading art movements of the late 20th century.


Peter Bissegger, Reconstruction of Kurt Schwitters’s Merzbau, original Merzbau ca. 1930-37, destroyed, 1943, reconstruction 1981-83, 154-3/4 x 228-3/8 x 181 inches. Sprengel Museum Hannover. Photo: Michael Herling / Aline Gwose, Sprengel Museum Hannover © Peter Bisseger

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