(a) Kurt Schwitters Museum
(b) The Merz Barn project in context exhibition
(c) Artists for Schwitters exhibition
Kurt Schwitters Museum
International Kurt Schwitters Merzbau Art Museum
Apart from the Kurt Schwitters Archiv at the Sprengel Museum in Hannover there is, to date, no art gallery or museum project devoted exclusively to the study of the life and artistic legacy of Kurt Schwitters in exile. If planning consent and broad public support for the idea were forthcoming, and the funding can also be found, then there several other possible uses for the site that might also be worth considering.
A Contemporary Art Gallery for Langdale, South Cumbria
These include provision of an art gallery space for projects and exhibitions by contemporary artists and architects influenced by, and/or interested in exploring new ideas about Kurt Schwitters and the Merz Barn. This would also include exhibitions by Cumbrian artists, younger artists and art students. The museum part of the project would also feature an annual programme of exhibitions of Schwitters’ arts works (borrowed from other national and international collections), as well as documenting the story of Kurt Schwitters in England, and the origins and development of the Merz Barn in the context Schwitters’ three other Merzbau projects in Hanover and in Norway.
Hitler at the Entartete Kunst exhibition opening 1837
Entartete Kunst and Refugee Arts Study centre
Denounced as an Entartete Kunstler (a degenerate artist), and twice having to flee from the Nazis; from Hanover in 1937 and later from Norway in 1940, in the later case just ahead of the invading German army, we are also considering the possibility of developing an Entartete Kunst memorial and a refugee and asylum seekers arts study centre or archive on the site.
Merz Barn project exhibition
An exhibition documenting the background to Kurt Schwitters the artist and his other Merzbau projects in Germany an Norway, and also his life in exile in Norway and in England 1937 - 48. The origins, history and development of the Elterwater Merz Barn.
hand made floor rug based on Schwitters floor plan for the Merz Barn, Jane Exley
Artists for Schwitters exhibition
An exhibition of art works donated by leading national and NW region artists and crafts people for sale and to raise funding for the restoration of Kurt Schwitters’ Merz Barn. Works by Tacita Dean, Langlands and Bell, Herman de Vries, Terry Setch, Tess Jaray, Keith Wilson, Shezad Dawood, John Darwell, Jane Exley, Owen Jones, etc.
Kurt Schwitters Museum
The Merz Barn project in context exhibition
Monday 21st March - Friday 25th March
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