About this artwork

The 'Mz' in the title of this work stands for 'Merz' and is followed by a number to denote that it is the 299th collage of the series. Schwitters produced around 2000 collages during his life, using coloured and printed papers with a variety of textures. His inclusion of fragments of paper, which have text on them, is reminiscent of cubist works, which feature scraps of newspaper. Schwitters's collages of 1920 to 1922 frequently employ a 'radiating' format, with diagonally pasted papers fanning out from the bottom centre.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Mz 299
  • date created:
    1921
  • materials:
    Collage on paper
  • measurements:
    18.00 x 14.50 cm (including mount: 20.00 x 16.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh: bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995
  • accession number:
    GMA 4081
  • gallery:
    View by Appointment
  • subject:
  • glossary:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Kurt Schwitters

Kurt Schwitters