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Kurt Schwitters' Merzbau : the Cathedral of erotic misery

Author: Elizabeth Burns Gamard
Publisher: New York : Princeton Architectural Press, ©2000.
Series: Building studies, 5.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"German artist Kurt Schwitters' Hannover Merzbau, a combination of collage, sculpture, and architecture, began in 1923 with a small construction in a corner of his studio, a room contained within the apartment he shared with his family. Also known as "The Cathedral of Erotic Misery" or KdeE, the project eventually took over much of his home, filling the rooms with grottoes and caves dedicated to friends, artists,
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Kurt Schwitters; Kurt Schwitters; Kurt Schwitters; Kurt Schwitters; Kurt 1887-1948 Schwitters; Kurt 1887-1948 Schwitters; Kurt Schwitters; Kurt Schwitters; Kurt Schwitters; Kurt Schwitters
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Burns Gamard
ISBN: 1568981368 9781568981369
OCLC Number: 37935152
Description: ix, 196 p., [37] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Kurt Schwitters' Sehnsucht. --
The artistic revolution of Kurt "Merz" Schwitters: Hannover, Dresden, Hannover, Revon(nah) --
Preliminary projects: literature and sculpture 1919-1922. --
Die Kathedrale des Erotischen Elends: Kurt Schwitters' Merzbau. --
Stone upon stone is building. --
Merzing life, merzing art, merzing life. --
Merzing love: erotic misery and the redemption of Kurt Schwitters.
Series Title: Building studies, 5.
Other Titles: Merzbau
Responsibility: Elizabeth Burns Gamard.
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"German artist Kurt Schwitters' Hannover Merzbau, a combination of collage, sculpture, and architecture, began in 1923 with a small construction in a corner of his studio, a room contained within the apartment he shared with his family. Also known as "The Cathedral of Erotic Misery" or KdeE, the project eventually took over much of his home, filling the rooms with grottoes and caves dedicated to friends, artists, and cultural events. Left unfinished when Schwitters fled Hannover in early 1937, the Merzbau was completely destroyed during an Allied bombing raid over Hannover in 1943.".

"While the project is usually listed as a marginal episode in the annals of Modern art and architecture, the Merzbau is of seminal importance in understanding the complex relationships between several European Avant-garde movements, including Expressionism, Dada, Constructivism, and Merz, the one-man movement Schwitters insisted was available to anyone. The book also provides information sporting the belief that artists such as Joseph Beuys and Robert Rauschenberg consciously extend the project of Merz."--BOOK JACKET.

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