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Kurt Schwitters

Ohne Titel (Skulptur aus der Merz Barn, Elterwater 1) (Untitled (Sculpture from the Merz Barn, Elterwater 1))

Property from a Private German Collection

Kurt Schwitters

Kurt Schwitters

Ohne Titel (Skulptur aus der Merz Barn, Elterwater 1) (Untitled (Sculpture from the Merz Barn, Elterwater 1))

Ohne Titel (Skulptur aus der Merz Barn, Elterwater 1) (Untitled (Sculpture from the Merz Barn, Elterwater 1))

Property from a Private German Collection

Kurt Schwitters

1887 - 1948

Ohne Titel (Skulptur aus der Merz Barn, Elterwater 1)

(Untitled (Sculpture from the Merz Barn, Elterwater 1))


stone, bamboo, plaster and nails

Height (not including base): 76.2cm., 30in.

Height (including base): 82cm., 32¼in.

Executed in 1947, this work is unique.

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Harry Pierce, Elterwater (by descent from the artist in 1948 and until at least 1964)

Private Collection, Port-la-Nouvelle (acquired by 1969)

Private Collection

Galerie Gmurzynska, Cologne

Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1982

Kurt Schwitters in the Lake District (exhibition catalogue), Abbott Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, 1964, illustrated on the cover of the catalogue
John Elderfield, 'Kurt Schwitters’ Last Merzbau', in Artforum, October 1969, illustrated p. 60
Werner Schmalenbach, Kurt Schwitters, London, 1970, no. 167, illustrated in a photograph of the Merz Barn n.p.
Friedhelm Lach, Der Merz Künstler Kurt Schwitters, Cologne, 1971, illustrated in a photograph of the Merz Barn n.p.
Karin Orchard & Isabel Schulz (eds.), Kurt Schwitters. Catalogue raisonné, 1937-1948, Hanover, 2006, vol. 3, no. 3660, illustrated p. 670
Madrid, Fundació Juan March & Barcelona, Fundació Joan Miró, Kurt Schwitters, 1982-83, no. 180 (as dating from 1946)
Cologne, Galerie Gmurzynska, Meisterwerke der Moderne / Masterpieces of the Moderns, 1982, n.n., illustrated in colour and in a photograph of the Merz Barn in the catalogue
Zurich, Kunsthaus; Dusseldorf, Städtische Kunsthalle und Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen & Vienna, Museum Moderner Kunst, Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Der Hang zum Gesamtkunstwerk. Europäische Utopien seit 1800, 1983, n.n., illustrated in the booklet accompanying the catalogue (with incorrect measurements in Dusseldorf catalogue)
New York, Museum of Modern Art, Kurt Schwitters, 1985, no. 319, illustrated in a photograph of the Merz Barn in the catalogue
Cologne, Museum Ludwig, Kurt Schwitters. Die späten Werke, 1985, no. 98, illustrated in the catalogue (with incorrect measurements)
London, Tate Gallery, Kurt Schwitters, 1985-86, no. 214, illustrated and in a photograph of the Merz Barn in the catalogue
Hanover, Sprengel Museum, Kurt Schwitters, 1986, no. 288, illustrated and in a photograph of the Merz Barn in the catalogue
Vienna, Kunstforum, Schwitters, 2002, no. 153, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Basel, Museum Tinguely, Kurt Schwitters. Merz – a Total Vision of the World, 2004, no. 142, illustrated in colour and in a photograph of the Merz Barn in the catalogue
London, Tate Britain & Hanover, Sprengel Museum, Schwitters in Britain, 2013, n.n., illustrated in the catalogue