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Merz (i)

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Source: Oxford University Press

Term applied to a flat or relief collage of collected junk. It is associated with Kurt Schwitters, who apparently invented the word when cutting out the word ‘Commerzbank’ from a newspaper for a collage he was making. Merz is also the title of a Dada magazine that he edited from 1923.


From Grove Art Online

© 2009 Oxford University Press

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