© Copyright Lars Fiske 2011
Over the past few years Norwegian designer and graphic artist Lars Fiske, has been documenting and illustrating the life and works of Kurt Schwitters, including tracing the history and development of all four of Schwitters’ pioneering Merzbau projects from 1923 – 1948. As artists and academics we can also sometimes become too precious or overly reverential about Schwitters. He was certainly not perfect and not all his work or ideas were that great. At time we need some corrective or alternative perspectives on Schwitters Lars Fiske has certainly done this with his Kurt Merz Schwitters Graphic Novel project and given us all a quite hilarious, but also scholarly, new insight into Kurt Schwitters and his work.
Lars has just recently been completed the full Schwitters Graphic Novel project and we are privileged to have for MERZMAN and Manchester the first public exhibition of the project outside of Norway.
Lars debuted in comics at the age 12 and studied illustration and graphic design in Stockholm and Los Angeles. In the mid-1980s, he published in the music magazine Nye Takter and some of the most important Scandinavian papers. His 2003 picture book 'Kom, sä løper vi!' was awarded as "Book of the Year" and "Best Picture Book" by the Norwegian government. Together with Steffen Kverneland, he made the album 'Olaf G,' a comics biography about famous cartoonist Olaf Gulbransson.
KURT MERZ SCHWITTERS
A GRAPHIC NOVEL
Exhibition Opening and a short presentation by Ian Hunter and the Manchester Comix Collective
Merz Flâneuries project
Talk by Adam Nankervis and David Medalla
Exhibition: March 4th to 31st 2011
Opening: Friday March 4th 2011 at 6pm
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