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IAN HUNTER
JASPAR JOSEPH-LESTER
JOANNE TATHAM
CELIA LARNER

Po Lam Chan

Danying Yu

Wei Wei

Hsi-Nong Huang

Fabiano Marques

Lester Korzilius

Jiachen Zeng

Franziska Windolf

Ron Ziser

Jiujian Zeng

Junchao Ren

Zhaobo Yang

Yingming Chen

Patrick Jones

Odilia Suanzes

Congcong Wu

Victor Nyberg

Julie Koldby

Jess Mardon

Shirley Renwick

Ka Shing Chau

Marita Pappa

Shiyao Liu      

Yumeng Zang

Yunpeng Wang

Samuel Dominguez

Jachen Zang

MERZBAU PAVILIONS:
SPECULATIONS AND PROPOSITIONS

RCA SCULPTURE FESTUS PROJECT 

Merzbau Pavilions: Speculations and Propositions includes eight collaborative projects developed by RCA sculpture students, each of whom undertook to articulate a particular thematic, artistic, stylistic or aesthetic aspect of Schwitters’ oeuvre in relation to the task of proposing a  Merzbau pavilion. The project led to a series of innovative, absurd and sometimes outrageous designs for a Merzbau-inspired exhibition pavilion, with the possibility of ancillary performances, and  associated installations to be located in the woods and fields that surround the Merz Barn site in Langdale. 


Merzbau Pavilions: Speculations and Propositions is located in one of the most scenic valleys in the Lake District National Park,. The work in the exhibition puts forward detailed proposals for a range of experimental art and architectural pavilion commissions, planned to coincide with the 75th anniversary celebrations of Kurt Schwitters Merz  Barn in July 2022. 


Declared a ‘degenerate artist’ (Entartete Kunstler) by the Nazis, Kurt Schwitters fled his home in  Germany in 1937 and later came to Britain in 1940, where he was to remain as a refugee artist,  working largely unrecognised, until his untimely death in 1948. At the end of WWII Schwitters and  his English companion Edith Thomas came to live in Ambleside in the Lake District, where he  struggled to earn a meagre living mostly painting portraits and landscapes for tourists and local  people. 


What Schwitters was perhaps most famous for as an artist were his extraordinary Merzbau  experimental art installation and architecture projects, which he undertook in locations in Germany,  Norway, and in England between 1923 and 1948. The most famous of which was the Hannover  Merzbau, which he created inside his parents home between 1923 - 1937 and

which was later destroyed  by allied bombing in 1943. He undertook his last Merzbau experiment, the Merz Barn project, which was funded  by MoMA New York, in a small semi-derelict farm shed in Langdale Cumbria in 1947.  


Although uncompleted at the time of his death in early January 1948, the Merz Barn is today widely  recognised as an important part of the 25 year Merzbauten critical trajectory, and continues  to exert a major influence on British and international artists, architects, designers and curators.  These include; Damien Hirst, Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry, Daniel Libeskind, and the late Zaha  Hadid. 


In recognition of Schwitters as a pioneer of Dada and early modern art in Britain and his strong ongoing influence on contemporary art and architecture, the Royal College of Art Sculpture Programme devoted one of its 2021 FESTUS external projects to working with Schwitters’ Merz Barn.  The exhibition will focus on communicating and sharing the Merz Barn’s critical legacy for artists, architects and art students today.


The speculations and propositions shown in this exhibition imagine possible future exhibitions and pavilion structures for the Merz Barn site in July 2022 as part of KS75 - the 75th  anniversary of the Merz Barn.

 

project organisers :

Dr Jaspar Joseph-Lester

Head of Program

Dr Joanne Tatham

Reader in Contemporary Art
School of Arts & Humanities

 

partner organisation: 

Ian Hunter & Celia Larner

Littoral Arts Trust

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PAVILIONS

INFO & UPDATES

ADDRESS:

Merz Barn, Cylinders Estate, Langdale, Ambleside LA22 9JB. View Map

updates:

Nothing to report, we look forward to seeing you at the exhibition! 

OPENING TIMES:

PV 12/07/21 - 13:00 - 18:00

open 13/07/21 - 29/08/21

10am - 5pm daily

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poster and web-design by Ron Ziser

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