Kurt Schwitters
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Kurt Schwitters (1887 - 1948) was a German painter who worked under several artistic movements, including Dada, Constructivism, Surrealism and what came to be known as installation art. He is most famous for his collages, called Merz Pictures”. His first abstract collages, influenced in particular by recent works by Hans Arp, where executed in late 1918, and have been called 'Psychological Collage'. Alongside his collages, Schwitters also dramatically altered the interiors of a number of spaces throughout his life. The most famous was The Merzbau, the transformation of six (or possibly more) rooms of his family house in Hannover. This took place very gradually; from 1923 to 1933. Schwitters subsequently extended the Merzbau to other areas of the house until he fled to Norway in early 1937. By that time, Merzbau had spread to two rooms of his parents' apartment on the ground floor, the adjoining balcony, the space below the balcony, one or two rooms of the attic and possibly part of the cellar. In 1943 it was destroyed in a bombing raid.

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