Kurt Schwitters' last Merzbau: The Elterwater Merz Barn

Annual Commemoration at the Merz Barn

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At the 1937 Munich exhibition of ‘Degenerate Art’ a .painting by Kurt Schwitters is hung deliberately upside-down and at an angle, as seen here above the Führer’s head. Schwitters could have been partly inspired to produce the Elterwater Merz Barn in response to the utter destructiveness, barbarism and racism of the Nazis.

It’s never too late..!

Artists and community gather to commemorate the many artists who were declared degenerate (entartet) by the Nazis, and to honour the countless other artists, gay people, Roma, Seventh Day Adventists, Black Africans, Anabaptists, and people with disabilities who perished in the Nazi death camps*. 

7 – 9 pm, Saturday 27th October 2018

At Kurt Schwitters Merz Barn, Elterwater LA22 9JB

*This year, inspired by Professor Simon Schama’s wonderful The Vital Spark, (Civilisation No. 9, BBC TV documentary) we will be remembering the little Jewish girl Helen Mandlova, who was murdered by the Nazis in the Theresienstadt concentration camp.  We will also be honouring the ‘unquenchable creative fire’ of the other child artists of Theresienstadt and their courageous and gifted art teacher, Friedl Dicker-Brandeis.

Cylinders Estate (opposite the Langdale Hotel) Elterwater, Ambleside, LA22 9JB 

BBQ (free soup and home-made bread, BYO bottle) – all welcome!

Tel. 015394 37309  littoral@btopenworld.com   <www.merzbarn.net>

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The site where Kurt Schwitters created his last great Merz artwork

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