For many artists and writers Nazi Germany quickly became a place to flee from.
As the political situation in Germany under the Nazis continued to deteriorate throughout the 1930s, Schwitters work began to be included in the Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) touring exhibition organised by the Nazi party from 1933.
On 2 January 1937 Schwitters discovered he was-wanted for an "interview" with the Gestapo. He then fled to Norway.
"Kurt's Flight from Fascism"
Collage by ArtotemArt
In November 2016, we teamed up with the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction to celebrate the one hundred year anniversary of Dada and the coming Day of the Dead, November 2.
We met the owners of the museum, Cecil Touchon and Rosalia Touchon in October, when we realized our shared interest in Dadaism, collage and Day of the Dead. As I had co-owned a gallery in the past, and done a show specifically pertaining to the celebration of Day of the Dead I was excited to participate in yet another one. We then collectively came up with the idea of the exhibit to merge the celebrations into one experience, hence an artistic meaningful mash up. A celebration and honoring of an art movement that had put aside the norms of art’s past and a celebration and honoring of those who came before us.
Santa Fe being what it is, with it’s Hispanic/Spanish history and a city mostly known for its artistic nature was the perfect location for the exhibit. We named the exhibit Dada Centennial / Day of the Dead.
With just a little over a month to put the exhibit together we all intensely focused on the planning. Thanks to Cecil’s connections around the world the submissions to the show poured in. By the time the exhibit opened we had over two hundred submissions. Mari and I developed and sent out the invitations through every means possible. Cecil and Rosalia expertly hung the show and the opening day arrived. We were ready.
Bang! The event was a huge success. The combination of the two concepts melded together perfectly. Many of the audience were artistically dressed for Day of the Dead. As the night went on and closing time neared, people simply didn’t want to stop. Mari and I ended up with a house full of extraordinary visitors until the wee hours of the night.
The Altar to Kurt Schwitters
Note - Artomen is on the left.
The Book - Created by Cecil Touchon
Art, Music, Books, Inspirations and a few psychological and philosophical musings.