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Dada in Ambleside

The polymath artist Kurt Schwitters still thrills and shocks today, says James Woodall

By James Woodall   January 2013

En Morn, 1947 (courtesy of: Musée National D’Art Moderne, Paris)

Schwitters in Britain Tate Britain, 30th January to 12th May 2013

The Dada polymath Kurt Schwitters has always had a habit of turning up in the most unexpected places. The unlikeliest of these is surely the Lake District. A refugee from Nazi Germany, this pioneer of the German avant-garde suffered an unstable and impoverished final decade in Norway and Britain. It is the British years, from 1940, in London and the Lakes, which lie behind a thrilling new show at…

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