Schwitters in Britain

  • Mar 9, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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Schwitters in Britain is the first major exhibition to examine the late work of Kurt Schwitters, one of the major artists of European Modernism. The exhibition focuses on his British period, from his arrival in Britain as a refugee in 1940 until his death in Cumbria in 1948. Schwitters was forced to flee Germany when his work was condemned as ‘degenerate’ by Germany’s Nazi government and the show traces the impact of exile on his work. It includes over 150 collages, assemblages and sculptures many shown in the UK for the first time in over 30 years.

Schwitters was a significant figure in European Dadaism who invented the concept of Merz – ‘the combination for artistic purposes of all conceivable materials’.  Whether those materials were string, cotton wool or a pram wheel, Schwitters considered them to be equal with paint. He is best known for his pioneering use of found objects and everyday materials in abstract collage, installation, poetry and performance. Schwitters’s time in Britain was quite extraordinary and continues to reverberate today, with the influence he has exerted over artists such as Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi and Damien Hirst.


Tickets are £10.


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  • Liam

    I was pleasantly surprised by this exhibition. Comprehensive and visually stimulating. It was nice meeting you all yesterday.

    March 10, 2013

  • Marion

    An interesting exhibition which clearly showed the different stages of the artist's life and the influences of his exile and camp internment.

    March 9, 2013

  • Zofia

    Hi Marion, I am going to The Affordable Art Fair in Battersea earlier, so please do not wait for me if I am not in Tate at 3pm, I will try and catch up with a group later while I am in the museum.

    March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to now work tomorrow. Apologies and Enjoy!

    March 8, 2013

  • Grae

    I'm not sure I can make this now, so taking myself off list - if things change and there are still spaces perhaps I'll rejoin tomorrow?

    March 8, 2013

  • Brian

    Have to drop out unfortunately. Really want to see this too.

    March 7, 2013

    • Marion

      That's a shame, Brian. The exhibition will be on until May, so there is still plenty of time for you to catch it.

      1 · March 8, 2013

    • Brian

      Thanks Marion. Let me know if you'd like to see it a second time :)

      March 8, 2013

  • Tom D.

    A bit run down now.

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I can't join you, I got the date wrong for this visit.

    March 4, 2013

  • Pedro

    Missing much while away over the week-end - plus I'm a Tate member! Anyone wanting to organise a second round?

    February 5, 2013

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