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Für Frau Fränkel

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This tiny work exemplifies Schwitters' highly individual way of working, fusing his interest in the avant-garde group Dada – which saw the modern world as meaningless – with a collage technique. It was acquired directly from the family of the sculptor Elsa Fraenkel in June 2019 and provides a fascinating link between these two refugees from Nazism, whose earlier friendship was rekindled in England. The inclusion of the word 'Paris' references Fraenkel's time there during the 1920s and 1930s, and Schwitters himself visited Paris in 1927.

Ben Uri Gallery & Museum





collage on paper


H 13.5 x W 9.3 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

purchased from the family of Else Fraenkel, 2019

Work type

Mixed media & collage

Inscription description

Inscribed 'für Frau Fränkel von Kurt Schwitters, 1928'


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Ben Uri Gallery & Museum

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