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Artist Kurt Schwitter's work to go on display at Tate Britain
9:47am Wednesday 30th January 2013 in News
AN exhibition celebrating the late work of Kurt Schwitters has begun at London’s Tate Britain.
‘Schwitters in Britain’ focuses on the artist’s British period, from his arrival in Britain as a German refugee in 1940, to his death in Kendal in 1948.
Schwitter, as one of the major artists of European Modernism, was inspired by the rural Cumbrian landscape, and began to incorporate natural objects into his work after moving to the Lake District in 1945.
This inspiration was shown in a group of his small sculptures, including Untitled (Opening Blossom) 1942-5, which he considered to be among his finest British pieces. His move to Cumbria also culminated in the creation of his last great sculpture and installation, the Merz Barn – an architectural construction considered to be one of the key lost works of European modernism.
These examples of Schwitter’s work feature as highlights of the exhibition. Also on display will be an exploration of Schwitter’s lasting legacy through commissions by artists Adam Chodzko and Laure Prouvost, made in collaboration with Grizedale Arts.
The exhibition will continue until May 12.