The Kurt Schwitters Archive and Catalogue raisonné

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Established in 1994 as a department of the Sprengel Museum Hannover, the Kurt Schwitters Archive is an internationally active research centre dedicated to the life and work of Kurt Schwitters (1887−1948) and his circle. The three-volume ‘Kurt Schwitters. Catalogue raisonné’ by Karin Orchard and Isabel Schulz was published here in 2000–2006 and since 2010, Isabel Schulz is compiling the new edition of all of Kurt Schwitters’s texts in cooperation with Prof. Ursula Kocher, Bergische Universität Wuppertal. The Archive also conceives and organises international Schwitters exhibitions.

The Archive possesses the most comprehensive documentation on the life and work of the artist. His written legacy has been located here since 2008. In part on loan from the Kurt and Ernst Schwitters Foundation, it comprises his correspondence, note and address books, photographs as well circa 600 autograph literary works. The 112 original works by Kurt Schwitters from the museum’s own holdings and the 1012 works on loan from the Kurt and Ernst Schwitters Foundation make up the world’s most extensive collection of his artistic work.

The continuously updated ‘Catalogue raisonné’ databank, the wide-ranging picture archive, the search capabilities of the internal museum databank, the specialised library that keeps circa 5800 titles almost completely on hand and documents over 1400 solo and group exhibitions in addition to the autographs and documentation in the archive offer ideal research conditions for work on Kurt Schwitters and his environment.
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