Artist in Focus - Kurt Schwitters


Kurt Schwitters was a German artist born in Hanover in 1887. Known for his contributions to the Surrealist and Constructivist movements, Schwitters began his creative career as a student of the Dresden Academy.

He collected discarded materials for his collages, creating compositions with scraps of paper and packaging. Using society’s throwaways in his work reflects the decline in economic and political stability following the First World War.

The idea that “everything had broken down and new things had to be made out of the fragments” was Schwitters’ creative philosophy during the height of his career.

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