Aug 05, 2021 - Sale 2577

Sale 2577 - Lot 208

Price Realized: $ 35,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000

KURT SCHWITTERS (1887-1948) & THEO VAN DOESBURG (1883-1931)


11 3/4x11 3/4 inches, 30x30 cm.
Condition A: small abrasion at bottom edge; minor creases at corners; tipped down. Paper. Framed.

Late in 1922, Schwitters and van Doesburg planned a small tour around the Netherlands with a traveling Dada show in order to introduce local artists to their work. The initial evening had been scheduled for December 27, but Schwitters had problems with his passport and the first show wasn't held until January 10. In all, there were 17 separate performances in 8 different locations. The first event was held at the Haagsche Kunstkring in the Hague. The address of the venue is included in the poster's upper right corner ("Haagsche K.K. Binnenhof 8"). For subsequent performances in other locations, the poster was slightly changed; this address was removed and a small plug for van Doesburg's Dada magazine, Mécano, was added that read, "Abonnement Mécano F5 per Jaar." Otherwise, the two versions of the poster are identical. The poster has the event program and Dada slogans - presented in sophisticated disorder using different hand drawn typography and font sizes. "The poster's discordant appearance reflects the tenor of many Dada evenings" ( Modern Poster p. 102, Avant Garde p. 38, Berman p. 38.