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Public Lecture: Kurt Schwitters’ Merz Barn – from there to here

Lecture led by Fred Brookes, Merz Barn historian

Date/Time: Thursday 28 February 2019, 17:30 - 18:45

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Free admission, all seats allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

When Schwitters’ work was given to Newcastle University, Fred Brookes, a fine art student, was part of the team that surveyed it, supervised its removal, carried out restoration and conservation after it was installed, and has maintained a relationship with it. This lecture will tell the story of how the work came about, what happened to it and why, and what makes it like it is. 


Public lectures at Newcastle University are free and open to all. Our aim is to offer a programme that will inform, stimulate, entertain, and excite debate. 

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