Schwitters in Britain
30 January – 12 May 2013
The first major exhibition in Britain of this European Modernist.
Kurt Schwitters was one of the leading players in the German Modernist movement that evolved out of the First World War. Celebrated for his collage-like artworks made from sweet wrappers, magazines and bus tickets, which he called Merz, Schwitters fell foul of the Nazi’s in the 1930s when his work was black listed as degenerate.
He escaped to Norway and then to Scotland where he was arrested and interned on the Isle of Man. On his release he moved to Cumbria where he died in 1948. This exhibition focuses on the artworks Schwitters made in the eight years he lived in Britain and reveals how this extraordinary visionary continues to influence artists today.
Listen to Dr Jenny Powell, Assistant Curator, Modern British Art at Tate Britain introduce the artist:
Untitled (Birchwood Sculpture), 1940, which was carved during his escape to Britain and ‘En Morn’, 1947, a kitschy collage of post-war sentiment that pre-figured Pop Art.