Castlefield Gallery
Friday, February 18, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Castlefield Gallery, 2 Hewitt Street, Manchester, M15 4GB
North West England

Ingo Gerken and invited artists: Matti Isan Blind, Madeleine Boschan, Rainer Ganahl, El Lissitzky, Antonia Low, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Reto Pulfer, Gregor Schneider and Kurt SchwittersBORN AFTER 1924 an atypical solo show by German artist Ingo Gerken. Interpreting the contemporary legacy of the Merzbarn and Kurt Schwitters(1) in the UK. Gerken will respond to Schwitters’ Merz Magazine (issue 8/9) of 1924 called Nasci. The theme of the magazine, Nasci(2), meaning ‘being born’ or ‘becoming’, was co-edited with Russian Constructivist artist El Lissitzky forging an alliance of Dadaist and Constructivist ideals and included reproductions and texts by Vladimir Tatlin, George Braque, Man Ray, Piet Mondrian, Kazimir Malevich and Mies van der Rohe among others. (1)Kurt Schwitters’ Merzbarn is located in a remote woodland in Cumbria and stands much as he left it in 1948. Unfinished after he died in early January 1948, the almost forgotten Merzbarn was neglected for many years until British pop artist Richard Hamilton arranged for the surviving Merzbarn wall art work to be removed for safe keeping to the University of Newcastle Hatton Gallery in 1965.(2)Nasci is the Latin word for ‘nature’, ‘being born’ and ‘becoming’. BORN AFTER 1924 is part of MERZMAN a programme of exhibitions, performance and public events across Manchester exploring the contemporary legacy of Kurt Schwitters in North West England.