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MerzbauCreator: Schwitters, Kurt, 1887-1948Title: Merzbau Date: Schwitters began working on Merzbau in about 1923, and continued his work until 1937 when he emigrated to Lysaker, near Oslo, the same year that a number of his works were included in the Entartete Kunst exhibition. Date destroyed or lost: 1943 Nationality: German Former repository :Collection of Kurt Schwitters Circumstances of destruction or loss: Destroyed in a British air raid in October 1943. Notes: Merzbau was a constructed environment that comprised eight rooms in Schwitter’s house at 5 Waldhausenstrasse in Hannover. Schwitters referred to the central column of the construction as the The Cathedral of Erotic Misery; and in its niches a variety of personal artifacts were enshrined including hair, clothing, fingernail clippings, and a bottle of his own urine holding artificial flowers. The vaious compartments were given names such as “the 10% War Invalid” “Ruhr District” “Goethe’s Grotto” and “Sex-Murders Cavern.” Over the course of 14 years Schwitters continuously added to and modified the Merzbau creating “caves” and “grottos” dedicated to friends and fellow artists. A later Merzbau creation, the Haus am Bakken, that Schwitters began in Lysaker, Norway, was destroyed by fire in 1951.   

Merzbau
Creator: Schwitters, Kurt, 1887-1948
Title: Merzbau 
Date: Schwitters began working on Merzbau in about 1923, and continued his work until 1937 when he emigrated to Lysaker, near Oslo, the same year that a number of his works were included in the Entartete Kunst exhibition. 
Date destroyed or lost: 1943 
Nationality: German 
Former repository :Collection of Kurt Schwitters 
Circumstances of destruction or loss: Destroyed in a British air raid in October 1943. 
Notes: Merzbau was a constructed environment that comprised eight rooms in Schwitter’s house at 5 Waldhausenstrasse in Hannover. Schwitters referred to the central column of the construction as the The Cathedral of Erotic Misery; and in its niches a variety of personal artifacts were enshrined including hair, clothing, fingernail clippings, and a bottle of his own urine holding artificial flowers. The vaious compartments were given names such as “the 10% War Invalid” “Ruhr District” “Goethe’s Grotto” and “Sex-Murders Cavern.” Over the course of 14 years Schwitters continuously added to and modified the Merzbau creating “caves” and “grottos” dedicated to friends and fellow artists. A later Merzbau creation, the Haus am Bakken, that Schwitters began in Lysaker, Norway, was destroyed by fire in 1951.