Kurt Schwitters, quotes by the German artist on life & art in non-political Dada - free art-resource for students, pupils and art teachers
Kurt Schwitters was a German Dadaist sculptor, painter, poet and writer. He represented as essential Dada artist the non-political Dada in Germany. He organized Dada-meetings, o.a. in The Netherlands, together with Theo van Doesburg.
Schwitters had to move to Norway in the 1930’s and later to England, to escape the terror of Nazism. He became famous for his many glued collages.
Schwitters refers in his quotes to his own created Dada art, like the many glued collages he made and his Dada-poems (he partly created with Hans Arp) and to his installation art ‘Merz-bau’ and his music-piece the ‘Ursonate’.
Some selected quotes of Kurt Schwitters - as a short introduction of his extended quotes in the PDF:
’My name is Schwitters, Kurt Schwitters… .I’m a painter and I nail my pictures… .I’d like to be accepted into the Dada Club’ - source of Schwitters’ quote: his letter to Swiss Dadaist Hans Richter, c. 1916; as quoted in ‘I is Style’, ed. Siegfried Gohr & Gunda Luyken, NAI Publishers, Rotterdam 2000, p. 151
’Every artist must be allowed to mould a picture out of nothing but blotting paper, for example, provided he is capable of moulding a picture! - Schwitters’ quote in his text: ‘Merz. Für den Ararat geschrieben’, (1920); as cited in ‘Kurt Schwitters, das literarische Werk’, ed. Friedhelm Lach, Vol 5, p. 77
’Fümms bö wö tää zää Uu, pögiff, Kwii Ee. Oooooooooooooooooooooooo, dll rrrrr beeeee bö dll rrrrr beeeee bö fümms bö, rrrrr beeeee bö fümms bö wö, beeeee bö fümms bö wö tää,…’ - quote from his text ‘UrSonate’ (Sonata in Primitive and Original Sounds), Kurt Schwitters, 1932; as quoted in ‘Das literarische Werk’, ed. Friedhelm Lach, Vol. 1.
links for selected art-resources on Kurt Schwitters:
more sourced quotes of Kurt Schwitters: https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Kurt_Schwitters
extended biography facts of the Dada-artist Schwitters: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_Schwitters
images of Schwitter’s art, like his many collages: https://www.wikiart.org/en/Search/Kurt Schwitters
editor: Fons Heijnsbroek / Matrozenhof (FotoDutch on Wikiquote):<br>[http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/User:FotoDutch]