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The invention of the Dada artist Kurt Schwitters (1887–1948). He first applied the term in 1919 to the collages he made from refuse such as bus tickets, cigarette wrappers, and string. The word Merz was chosen by chance, being extracted from a business letterhead for the Commerzbank that Schwitters was cutting up for his collages, which he called Merzbilder (Merz pictures). Around 1923 he built his first Merzbau in his house in Hanover and in the same year began publication of his magazine Merz which appeared until 1932.

Subjects: Art.


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