Kurt Schwitters, Merzbau, 1923-48, 12' x 19' x 15'. Reconstruction by Peter Bissegger.


Kurt Schwitters

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street
August 3–September 27, 2011

The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross Street
October 22, 2010–January 30, 2011

Princeton University Art Museum
Princeton University
March 26–June 26, 2011

Curated by Josef Helfenstein

In 1919, Kurt Schwitters repurposed a syllable of the word Kommerz (“commerce”), originally cut out from a bank advertisement, to designate his artistic project: Merz. “Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage,” which includes some ninety works (collages, prints, assemblages, reliefs), promises to make a case for the central place of color in the art of the great German modernist, while also emphasizing Schwitters’s engagement with abstraction and his inventive use of found objects and print technologies. The first North American solo museum show of his work in more than two decades, this exhibition will include the full-scale reconstruction of the Merzbau, on loan from the Sprengel Musuem in Hannover, Germany.

Travels to the Princeton University Art Museum, NJ, Mar. 26–June 26, 2011; University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Aug. 3–Nov. 27, 2011.