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Dammerstock-Siedlung Schwitters
Dammerstock-Siedlung Schwitters
Dammerstock-Siedlung Schwitters
Dammerstock-Siedlung Schwitters
Dammerstock-Siedlung Schwitters

[Schwitters] Ausstellung Karlsruhe. Dammerstock-Siedlung.

Die Gebrauchswohnung. Veranstaltet von der Landeshauptstadt Karlsruhe vom 29. September bis zum 27. Oktober 1929 geöffnet von 10 bis 17 Uhr.

{On cover: 23 Typen 228 Wohnungen. Oberleitung Professor Dr. W. Gropius].

64 pages withmore than 100 illustrations of plans and elevations oft he residences presented.

21 x 30 cm. Original red wrappers, with bold typographical design by Kurt Schwitters.


Ownership stamp on title page:  Franz Krause, Wuppertal Elberfeld, Hindenburgstr. 63. The architect Franz Krause (1897–1979) was at the very heart of the avant-garde – not only in 1927 as the construction manager of the Weißenhof Werkbund experimental housing estate in Stuttgart and during the Third Reich as a member of the Wuppertal work group along with Oskar Schlemmer and Willi Baumeister, but also as the architect of the Villa Waldfrieden. (Gerda Breuer and Pia Mingels, Franz Krause 1897-1979. Architekt, Künstler, Poet. Köln 2014).

Schmalenbach relates that “In the fall of 1929 the Dammerstock housing project in Karlsruhe was begun under the supervision of Walter Gropius and with the participation of other prominent architects, German and foreign. All graphic work connected with the project, from letterheads to the catalogue of the exhibition, was 61 entrusted to Schwitters. It was as a direct result of this commission that Schwitters was appointed publicity consultant to the municipality of Karlsruhe. At this time he commuted regularly between Hanover and Karlsruhe.” The double-columned catalogue, set (at Gropius’s request) entirely in lower case letters, is one of Schwitters most substantial productions as a graphic designer. Featuring his logo for the exhibition, with its intriguing irregular form—undoubtedly based on the shape of the property—on the cover, it also includes a display ad for Schwitters’ “merz-werbe,” proudly emphasizing his exclusive contract for the exhibition’s graphic design, and soliciting commissions of all kinds for advertising and design. Ars Libri, catalogue 151 # 60.

Some notes in pencils, probably by Franz Krause. With a few minor traces of use, preserved in a modern slipcase.

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