He is considered one of the most important artistic personalities in Hanover, the Sprengel Museum guards the world’s most important collection of his works. Now a town sign on Rumannstrasse reminds of Kurt Schwitters. It was set up in front of the house where he was born; a short text explains the life and work of the famous artist. On the back you can read his most famous poem, “To Anna Blume”.
Became possible the installation of the blackboard through a donation from retired physics professor Walter Selke, who himself grew up in Rumannstrasse. The historian Christian Heppner from the city archives helped to determine the house where he was born. When the board was set up, District Mayor Cornelia Kupsch, Gwendolen Webster and Hansotto Schwacke from the international Kurt Schwitters Society and Isabel Schulz, Managing Director of the Kurt and Ernst Schwitters Foundation, were also present.
Important artist of his time
Kurt Schwitters, born 1887, as a painter, sculptor, draftsman and poet was one of the most versatile and important artists of his time. With his “MERZ-Kunst”, which changes between the styles of Dada and Constructivism, he created his own genre. He had to emigrate during the Nazi era and died in England in 1948. His tombstone in the Engesohde cemetery bears the slogan “You never know”.
City signs in Hanover have been marking special places and remembering important personalities since the 1960s. before Schwitter’s former house in Waldhausenstrasse has been a reminder of the artist and his son Ernst since 2015.
From Simon Benne