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ID number:  BIRBI-2002.3
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Schwitters, Kurt (1887-1948)
Title / Object name:  Merz V
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Berlin
Culture:  German
Date made:  1923
Materials:  Lithograph
Measurements:  Paper: 550 x 445 mm; mount: 810 x 610 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Frederick Mulder at the London Print Fair, May 2002
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This print is a combination of abstract, geometric forms and is one of a series of six works called 'Merz Mappe'. Freshly printed fragments of paper, discarded from the printing process, were applied to a lithographic stone to create this image. Influenced by the Dada art movement, Schwitters started his own project, which he named ‘Merz’, feeling that he needed a new noun for a new kind of art.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Inscriptions, sale stamps & c.: signed in pencil, title 'Merz', and with a dedication '10.4p1924 fur J.J.P. Oud, Rotterdam'

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