Sale: 517 / Modern Art II, June 18. 2021 in Munich Lot 179

 
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Kurt Schwitters
Ohne Titel (Express), 1947.
Merz drawing. Collage. Paper and board on cardb...
Post auction sale: € 50,000 / $ 60,000
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Lot description
Ohne Titel (Express). 1947.
Merz drawing. Collage. Paper and board on cardboard.
Orchard/Schulz 3599. Lower left monogrammed and dated. 17 x 11 cm (6.6 x 4.3 in). Backing board: 32 x 27,2 cm (12,6 x 10,7 in).
The term "Merz“ comes from a collage of advertising material of the "Kommerz und Privatbank“ and plays with various associations such as "Kommerz“ (commerce), "Scherz“ (joke) and the month of "März" (March), marking the beginning of spring and thus symbolizing a fresh start.
• One of the last "Merz Drawings" by the famous German Dada artist.
• Schwitter's "Merz Drawings", collages of newspaper clippings and wastepaper, are considered icons of Dada art.
• Characteristic work with fine accentuations in black-red-blue and with a consitent provenance.
• Schwitter's famous "Merz Collages" are in possession of many important museums, among them Tate Modern, London and the Museum of Modern Art, New York
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PROVENANCE: Ernst Schwitters, Lysaker, Norway (in 1948 from the artist's estate - until 1972).
Galerie Beyeler, Basel (acquired from aforementioned in 1972).
Private collection Basel (acquired from aforementioned in 1972, presumably unti 2007, Villa Grisebach December 1, 2007).
Private collection Europe (since 2007, Villa Grisebach December 1, 2007).

EXHIBITION: Kurt Schwitters 1887-1948, Minami Gallery, Tokio 1960, cat. no. 55.
Kurt Schwitters, Ulmer Museum, Ulm 1961, no cat., list no. 25.

LITERATURE: Villa Grisebach, auction no. 152, 19th/20th Century Art, Berlin, December 1, 2007, lot no. 234, with illu.
"It is possible to scream with garbage, and that's what I did by glueing and nailing it together. I called it Merz, but it was my prayer about the victorious end of the war, as peace had once again won. Everything was destroyed anyway, and new things had to be made from the shards. And that's Merz.“
Kurt Schwitters, quote from: Das literarische Werk, vol. 5, Cologne 1981, p. 335.

179
Kurt Schwitters
Ohne Titel (Express), 1947.
Merz drawing. Collage. Paper and board on cardb...
Post auction sale: € 50,000 / $ 60,000
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