Kurt Schwitters' last Merzbau: The Elterwater Merz Barn

K.S. Summer School in progress

The first night bonfire:  students from the Royal College of art round the bonfire with Steve Grundy and his concertina performing a selection of Cumbrian and Irish traditional songs and tunes.

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Drystone walling with Steve Grundy and Ian Hunter, July 15th;  and Charlie Whinney, steam-bender and artist, with Steve Grundy, July 16th.

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The Summer School project for July 19th was to ‘reconstruct’ the lost collage created by Schwitters on July 19th 1919. The original was hung derisively upside down at the 1937 ‘Entartete Kunst’ exhibition in Munich.

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The ‘rediscovered’ collage was ceremoniously hung in the Merz Circle, displayed next to a tapestry depicting George Grosz’s original Dada slogan (also used in the Degenerate Art exhibition): Take Dada Seriously: it’s worth it!’

Project master-minded by artist Mike Healey (in hat), here seen with Ian Hinde, who performed a version of Schwitters’ ‘Ur-Sonate’, and Steve Grundy, who provided the music.

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Impromptu dancing display by the RCA students, with Steve on the accordion.

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