Kurt Schwitters' last Merzbau: The Elterwater Merz Barn

Snapshots from the Borders

‘Take DADA seriously!’ Cumbrian artists and Royal College of Art students – performance 2017 in the Merz Circle.

Workshops, exhibitions, talks and film screening: ‘To the Four Winds’

Saturday 19th October 2019 at Kurt Schwitters’ Merz Barn, Cylinders Estate, Elterwater LA22 9JB

Programme:  Saturday 19th October 2019

2 – 3 pm   Guided tour of the Merz Barn site and exhibitions

  1. Children’s art of the Holocaust
  2. Entartete Kunst and the Nazi Declaration of war on modern art 
  3. Prism Arts at the Merz Barn exhibition
  4. Harry Pierce – the Drawing Office Garden History micro museum

3 pm         Tea and biscuits for all

3.30 – 5 pm Workshops.  

  • Children’s ‘magic snake stick’ art workshop
  • Workshop on the themes of the ‘Snapshots from the Borders’ project, a Communities of Philosophical Enquiry approach to engage us all in thinking about migration, and empathising with people who choose or are forced to migrate and recognise the values we share.

6 – 7 pm    Bonfire & BBQ – hot soup, sourdough bread and cheese for all

7 – 8 pm    Talk, and film screening at the Merz Barn

                 Screening of the film ‘To the Four Winds’

 and two talks at the Merz Barn: Kurt Schwitters and Gustav Metzger by Lizzie Fisher; The story of Merz and Entartete Kunst by Rosie Galloway-Smith

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 may have been partly inspired to produce the Elterwater Merz Barn in1947 as a response to the destructiveness, and racism of the Nazis

8.30 pm   The Reading of the Names ceremony – the artists’ memorial

We conclude the evening with the ‘Reading of the Names’ ceremony, an annual event honouring the memory of the many artists who were declared ‘degenerate’ (‘entartet’) by the Nazis, and the many other artists who died in the Holocaust or were forced to flee into exile.  In the final part we read out the names of all the artists featured in the infamous Nazi exhibition which opened in Munich in July 1937 (see above).  People are invited to chalk each name on one of the stones in the end wall of the Merz Barn.  Our vicar George Wrigley will lead the dedication.

The memorial is also dedicated in the memory all artists who have suffered persecution, imprisonment, or lost their lives due to their religious beliefs, political affiliations, sexual orientation, gender. or ethnicity.

Sunday 20th October:  To the Four Winds film programme, 2.30 to 4 pm

Over two years To the Four Winds follows an activist smuggler between the Italian/French border in his attempts to ease the migrants’ plight.  The result is a portrait of a group of modern heroes who want to show that Europe is more than its strict immigration policies.  We see Herrou’s crowded backyard, and follow him on his journeys across the border into France or on his way to court.  At the same time the rebellious farmer talks about his motivation and experiences, with the soundtrack weaving together the action, scenes and interviews.

For information on the Sunday programme please contact:   Ian Hunter Celia Larner.

T  015394 37309.  e. littoral@btopenworld.com.  w. merzbarn.net

For the Saturday workshop programme and registrations see: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/snapshots-from-the-border-19th-and-20th-october-2019-tickets-75590554383

A Merz Barn partnership with Cumbria Development Education Centre and No More Bricks in the Wall

The Merz Barn project is organised by LITTORAL Arts
Reg. Company No. 02526443    Reg. Charity No: 1002365
Reg. Office:  The Merz Barn, Cylinders Estate, Elterwater, Ambleside LA22 9JB

Author: https://www.facebook.com/MerzBarnLangdale/?fref=ts

The site where Kurt Schwitters created his last great Merz artwork

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