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Art
and
sustainability

Kurt Schwitters

Merzbild Kijkduin

1923
Oil, pencil and wood assemblage on cardboard, 74.3 x 60.3 cm (detail)

AUDIO GUIDE


The German artist, Kurt Schwitters, collected waste materials and objects and assembled them in his jumbled Merz. The Dada artist’s rebellion against the traditional method of artistic creation could, today, be interpreted as recycling. Rather than creating from nothing, the Dada artist reused and recycled unwanted materials, transforming them into art. From the present perspective, Schwitters’ work invites one to reflect on the useful lives of goods and on reducing consumption.

Kurt Schwitters

Merzbild Kijkduin

1923
Oil, pencil and wood assemblage on cardboard, 74.3 x 60.3 cm (detail)

AUDIO GUIDE


The German artist, Kurt Schwitters, collected waste materials and objects and assembled them in his jumbled Merz. The Dada artist’s rebellion against the traditional method of artistic creation could, today, be interpreted as recycling. Rather than creating from nothing, the Dada artist reused and recycled unwanted materials, transforming them into art. From the present perspective, Schwitters’ work invites one to reflect on the useful lives of goods and on reducing consumption.
A second life for products

The work prompts one to reflect on cutting consumption, reusing and recycling materials. The artist bucks the trend of linear consumption, of the throw-away society, collecting what is considered to be waste and turning it into a resource. In doing so, he gives the products a new life, taking them from cradle to cradle as part of the circular economy.

Turning waste into a resource
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