Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948)
VAT rate of 20% is payable on hammer price and buy… Read more Christie’s is delighted to have been appointed by UniCredit to manage the sale of artworks from Austria, Germany and Italy. The proceeds will be primarily used to support the further roll-out of the Group’s Social Impact Banking (SIB) initiatives. The remaining balance will be dedicated to other relevant projects, including the support of emerging artists. Following the excellent results of a selection of artworks already presented at various Christie’s international salerooms in 2019, 2020 will begin with the first pieces being offered in London on 6 February as part of the Impressionist & Modern Art Day and Works on Paper sales. UniCredit will also look to replace the masterpieces sold with works of young and emerging artists. The offering is led by Walter Dexel’s Segelschiff I, one of only five known avant-gardist representations of sailing boats within the German artist’s series of works on technical modern inventions. Completed in 1922, this superb example of Dexel’s distinct Constructivist idiom dates from a key period when the artist came into close contact with a network of influential figures of the early 20th-century art circuit namely Jean (Hans) Arp, El Lissitzky and contemporaries associated with the Bauhaus movement including the likes of Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy and Walter Gropius. Another star lot from this outstanding group is a work by a member of Dexel’s circle – Kurt Schwitters’ Ohne Titel (Gute Laune), circa 1945. The painting combines large areas of delicately painted geometric shapes, organic abstract forms and collage elements – exemplary of Schwitters’ growing interest in the raw and tactile physicality of paint during the late period of his artistic career. An exceptional selection from the Works on Paper sale completes the grouping, with three other fantastic works by Schwitters, Dexel’s Quadrat und Kreis (circa 1926) and Franz Radziwill’s Strandszene mit Krüppeln (1922). Social Impact Banking is part of UniCredit’s commitment to building a fairer and more inclusive society. It aims to identify, finance and promote people and companies that can have a positive social impact. As well as continuing to provide credit to projects and organisations not usually served by the traditional banking sector, UniCredit employees educate micro-entrepreneurs, social enterprises and vulnerable or disadvantaged groups, building valuable networks within our communities. SIB also focuses on monitoring and measuring outcomes, essential for sustainable growth. In 2019 SIB focused on further roll-out in additional UniCredit markets, including: Germany, Austria, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. UniCredit is a successful pan-European Commercial Bank, with a fully plugged in CIB, delivering a unique Western, Central and Eastern European network to its extensive client franchise. UniCredit offers both local and international expertise to its clients, providing them with unparalleled access to leading banks in its fourteen core markets through its European banking network. Leveraging on an international network of representative offices and branches, UniCredit serves clients in another eighteen countries worldwide. ART FOR FUTURE – SELECTED WORKS FROM THE UNICREDIT GROUP
Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948)

Mz x 21 Street

Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948)
Mz x 21 Street
signed with the initials, dated, numbered and inscribed 'KS 47 Merz x 21 Street' (on the artist's mount)
paper collage on paper laid down on the aritst's mount
image: 5 1/8 x 4 in. (12.8 x 10 cm.)
artist's mount: 7 ¼ x 5. 5/8 in. (18.5 x 14.5 cm.)
Executed in 1947
with The Pinacotheca (Rose Fried Gallery), New York, 1947-1948.
Ernst Schwitters, Lysaker, by descent from the artist, 1948-1985.
with Lord's Gallery, London, 1961-1985.
with Annely Juda Fine Art, London, until 1982.
with Carus Gallery, New York, 1982.
Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 3 December 1985, lot 465.
La Boetie [Helen Serger], New York, by whom acquired at the above sale.
Graphisches Kabinett, Kunsthandel Wolfgang Werner, Bremen, 1987-1989.
Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, 4 April 1990, lot 160.
Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne, by 1990-1995.
Achenbach Kunsthandel, Dusseldorf.
Acquired from the above by the present owner on 25 November 1996.
Kunsthandel Wolfgang Werner & H. Serger, Graphisches Kabinett : Kunsthandel Wolfgang Werner KG, Bremen & New York, 1987-1989 (illustrated).
Orchard & I. Schulz, eds., Catalogue Raisonné: Kurt Schwitters, vol. III, 1937-1948, Hannover, 2006, no. 3451, p. 595 (illustrated).
M. R. Luke, Kurt Schwitters, Space, Image, Exile, Chicago, 2014, no. 87, p. 236 (illustrated).
New York, The Pinacotheca, Kurt Schwitters, January - February 1948, no. 9.
London, Hayward Gallery, Dada and Surrealism Reviewed, January - March 1978, no. 17.38a (with incorrect illustration).
Chicago, Worthington Gallery, Kurt Schwitters: Dada, Collages, Drawings, Objects, 1982 (illustrated, p. 37).
Beverly Hills, Louis Newman Galleries, Kurt Schwitters: Collages and Other Works on Paper, July 1988 (illustrated).
New York, Galerie Michel Werner, Kurt Schwitters, October - November 1990, no. 30 (illustrated).
Dusseldorf, Achenbach Kunsthandel, Kurt Schwitters, November 1993 - January 1994, no. 7.
Zurich, Galerie Lelong, Kurt Schwitters, April - June 1994, no.7.
New York, Galerie Michael Werner, Kurt Schwitters: Late Paintings and Collages, May - June 1995, no. 2.
Leipzig, Museum der Bildende Künste, Kurt Schwitters: Eine Retrospektive / Kurt Schwitters. Ich ist Stil. I is Style. Ik is Stijl., February - March 2000, no. 204 (illustrated, p.197); this exhibition later travelled to Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, April - August 2000.
Vienna, Kunstforum, Schwitters, March - June 2002, no. 151 (illustrated, p. 233).
Bologna, MAMbo, La Grande Magia, Selected works from the UniCredit Art Collection, October 2013 - February 2014, p.210 (illustrated, p. 66).
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