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Für Jan Tschichold

Für Jan Tschichold
signed and inscribed 'Kurt Schwitters für Jan Tschichold. III. 1936' (on a label affixed to the mount)
printed paper collage on paper
12 x 9 3⁄8 in. (30.2 x 23.5 cm.)
Executed circa 1930
Edith & Jan Tschichold, Basel, a gift from the artist in 1936.
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, by whom acquired from the above in 1952.
G. David Thompson, Pittsburgh.
Galerie Beyeler, Basel, by whom acquired from the above in 1961.
Paul Hänggi, Basel.
Galerie Beyeler, Basel, by whom acquired from the above in 1963.
Ernst Schwitters, Lysaker & Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd., London, jointly acquired from the above in 1963.
Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York, on consignment from the above in 1967.
Acquired from the above by the family of the present owner in 1967.
W. Schmalenbach, Kurt Schwitters, Cologne, 1967, no. 96, p. 363 (illustrated; dated '1930' and titled 'Untitled [GNE]').
J. Nestegard, Kurt Schwitters i Norge, Varen, 1993 (illustrated fig. 24).
K. Orchard & I. Schulz, eds., Kurt Schwitters, catalogue raisonné, vol. II, 1923-1936, Ostfildern, 2003, no. 1734, p. 345 (illustrated).
Basel, Kunsthalle, Konstruktivisten, January - February 1937 (poss. no. 96).
Bern, Kunstmuseum, Kurt Schwitters aus schweizerischem Privatbesitz, February - April 1945.
New York, Sidney Janis Gallery, Collage, Painting, Relief and Sculpture by Schwitters, October - November 1952, no. 41 (dated '1936' and titled 'Pelikanol'); this exhibition later travelled to The Arts Club of Chicago, November - December 1952.
Paris, Galerie Berggruen et Cie., Kurt Schwitters, Collages, April - May 1954 (illustrated; dated '1936' and titled 'Pelikanol').
Zurich, Kunsthaus, Thompson Pittsburgh, Aus einer amerikanischen Privatsammlung, October 1960 - November 1960, no. 228 (titled 'Pelikanol'); this exhibition later travelled to Dusseldorf, Kunstmuseum and The Hague, Gemeentemuseum.
London, Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd., Schwitters, March - April 1963, no. 154, p. 29 (titled 'GNE'); this exhibition later travelled Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and Kölnischer Kunstverein; Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen and Rome, Marlborough Galleria d'Arte.
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Lot Essay

The present work is dedicated to the calligrapher, typographer and book designer Jan Tschichold, who played a significant role in the development of graphic design in the 20th Century. Schwitters’ own exploration of graphic design first came with his Merz magazine in 1923 and he would later establish the ring neue werbebegestalter (Ring of New Advertising Designers), a loose union of graphic designers, of which Tschichold was a member. Tschichold provided the typography for the definitive version of Schwitters’ famous abstract poem Ursonate (Primal Sonata) published in a twenty-nine page special of Merz magazine in 1932.

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