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Kurt Schwitters – The Schwitters Scandal

Year: 1997, 53 mins
Code: AH-Kurt
ISBN: 978-3-941311-84-8

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The Schwitters scandal was pure Dada! While he was alive, Kurt Schwitters provoked the art world with his one-man Dada movement Merz, which united painting, sculpture, architecture and literature in fragments. After his death he hit the headlines due to several sensational inheritance lawsuits involving his heirs, a mistress, the Norwegian government, and the Marlborough Gallery - which had gained notoriety in the Rothko scandal. Looking back on Schwitters' life and work, this film unravels a bizarre story of deceit, intrigue, power and money.

Directed by Simon Chu
Film edited by Steve Scales
Bonus: Trailers

Menu language: English
Audio languages: German, English

Directed by Simon Chu
Film edited by Steve Scales

"Die Dokumentation von Simon Chu, eine Mischung von Recherchenbericht und Filmessay, ist doppelt aufschlussreich.[…] Hinter dem Beziehungsgeflecht der Personen erscheinen die Konturen des komplexen und weitläufigen Gedankengebäudes, das Schwitters mit seiner Kunst errichtete. Es wirkt auch in dieser indirekten Form der Darstellung noch eindrucksvoll genug." Max Nyffeler, NZZ, 12.07.2010 

"Simon Chus Film ist so spannend wie bizarr und gewährt Einblicke in das Leben des legendären Dadaisten, der schon zu Lebzeiten mit seiner Methode, Fundstücke zu Kunstwerke zu collagieren und montieren für manche Aufregung gut war." Guntram Lenz, Zeitungsgruppe Lahn-Dill, 04.05.2010 

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