Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This film is one in a series that traces the developments in art from the Renaissance to the 20th century. The featured artist in this presentation is Kurt Schwitters, the German-born artist who many call the greatest 20th century master of collage. Starting as a painter who was part of the dadaist movement, Schwitters began to do collages with common trash, such as broken glass, bits of paper, and old tram tickets that he found in the street. He called his art "Merz." Much of his work was destroyed in an air raid in Nazi Germany; in 1937, he left Germany for Norway, and then England. Art historians speak on the artist's place in history, while the viewer considers some of his works.
exhibition, Germany, renaissance, sculpture, art, artist