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Plan of Love

Kurt Schwitters (German, Hanover 1887–1948 Kendal)

Date:
1919 and 1923
Medium:
Cut and torn pasted papers, cellophane, tempera, nails, fabric, ink, and graphite, mounted on illustration and fiber boards, with artist-made wood frame
Dimensions:
17 x 13 in. (43.2 x 33 cm) (including artist-made frame)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection, Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.32.57
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Description

    An inscription on the verso indicates that the artist began this work in 1919 and completed it in 1923, adding bits of refuse that he had recently culled from a trip to
    The Hague. The title is composed of words included in the composition. A magnifying glass reveals that includedis an advertisement for a doctor of venereal diseases: the Plan of Love includes a plan for the cure of love’s hazards.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed and dated (lower right): KS/XXIII

  • Provenance

    Galerie Der Sturm, Berlin, on consignment, 1923; Galerie Rudolf Springer, Berlin; Galerie Heinz Berggruen, Paris; Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, by October 1952; Mr. and Mrs. Jay Z. Steinberg, Chicago, purchased from Sidney Janis, (likely in Fall 1952) by February 1953 - gift of Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006.

  • Exhibition History

    Exhibited at Der Sturm, Berlin, 1920s.

    Collage, Painting, Relief & Sculpture by Schwitters, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, October 13-November 8, 1952, exh. cat., no. 26.

    Sidney Janis presents an exhibition of Collage, Painting, Relief & Sculpture by Schwitters, Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, November 25-December 16, 1952, exh. cat. by Tristan Tzara, no. 26.

    An American Choice: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 21-September 27, 1981, exh. cat. by William S. Lieberman, pp. 7, 24, 25 (ill.), 156.

    Kurt Schwitters, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, June 10-October 1, 1985, exh. cat. by John Elderfield, no. 197, pp. 178, 390 (n. 9), 402 (n. 25), 416, ill.

    Kurt Schwitters (venue of MoMA 1985), Tate Gallery, London, November 6, 1985-January 6, 1986, exh. cat. by John Elderfield, no. 92, p. 59.

    Kurt Schwitters (venue of MoMA 1985), Sprengel Museum, Hannover, February 4-April 20, 1986, exh. cat. by John Elderfield, no. 130, p. 113 (ill.) 270.

    Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, September 18, 2007 - February 3, 2008, exh. cat. edited by Gary Tinterow, Lisa Mintz Messinger, and Nan Rosenthal, no. 3, pp. 18-19 (ill.), 156 (essay by Sabine Rewald).

    Houston: The Menil Collection. "Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage," October 22, 2010 - January 30, 2011, cat. no. 30, pg. 49.

  • References

    Patrick Waldberg, Max Ernst (Paris: Jean-Jacques Pauvert, 1958), p. 161 (ill.).

    Hilton Kramer, "Modernist Show Moves Met Firmly into Art of 20th Century," New York Times, May 22, 1981, p. C21.

    Karin Orchard and Isabel Schulz, Kurt Schwitters Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 2: 1923-1936 (Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz, and Sprengel Museum Hannover, 2003), p. 40 no. 1092, p. 129 (ill.).

    Leah Dickerman, ed., Dada: Zurich, Berlin, Hannover, Cologne, New York, Paris (Washington D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 2005), pp. 164-165, 182 (pl. 138).

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