work 632; Merz Barn Atmospheres – homage to Kurt Schwitters

Merzbarn
 Merz Barn (as at November 2010)
  c. Michael St.Mark


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Merz Barn Atmospheres – homage to Kurt Schwitters

c. Michael St.Mark
2010

Elterwater, Langdale Cumbria.

Intimate views into the Merz Barn interior, before the welcome refurbishment project to transform it into an international KS tribute art visitor centre /museum complete with a replica of the original Merz wall. Some items here quite possibly having been handled by Schwitters in 1947. The window frame, glass panes and much of the stonework having remained untouched from that period.

( For information and history about Schwitters in England, please see the preceeding post )

Link to ongoing Merz Barn project;
http://www.merzbarn.net/elterwatermerzba.html

Merzbarn replica slate
Local slate dressed and  crated at the Cylinders estate, ready for transport to the Royal Academy (November 2010), that went to form the reconstruction of Merz Barn outside the very institution that ignored Schwitters’ work during the artist’s brief post-war stay in London.
Image c. Michael St.Mark / London Dada

Merzbarn Royal Academy
” First they ridicule and cold-shoulder the pioneering artist, then long after his demiise
come the heaps of false praise.”

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Update; June 2014
press schwitters

Kurt Schwitters – ignored and even ridiculed by the London art establishment of 1946; now the
uncompleted Merzbarn site being preserved and enhanced to feature a museum and cultural
centre to benefit local artists and the Cumbrian economy.

http://www.littoral.org.uk

 

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