Lust Murder Box No. 2

Lust Murder Box No. 2
Artist:
Kurt Schwitters (German, 1887-1948)
Date:
1920-1922
Medium:
Inlaid exotic wood box (crafted by Albert Schulze, Hannover) 
Dimensions:
2-1/8 x 5 x 3-3/4 in. (5.4 x 12.7 x 9.5 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Kate Steinitz 
Accession Number:
P.1969.087 
Copyright:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 
Not on View
Description

Lust Murder Box No. 2 is one of a series of wooden boxes Schwitters designed and had constructed by Albert Schulze, a cabinet maker and master of the wood mosaic technique called intarsia. The wood veneer surface of the box resembles a puzzle and its interlocking abstract shapes recall Schwitters’ collage forms of the 1920s. The box was created in response Germany’s notorious sexual predator, Fritz Haarmann. Referred to as “The Vampire of Hanover,” Harrmann was convicted in 1925 of committing 24 murders, but it was believed that he killed more than 50 men. During the trial Harrmann confessed to numerous gruesome activities. While Lust Murder Box No. 2 on display here is empty, Schwitters filled some of the boxes in this series with doll parts in reference to the victims.

Provenance:

Gallery von Garvens, Hannover, Germany, 1921 to;
Dr. Ernst Steinitz, to;
Kate Steinitz, Gift 1969 to;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, 1969-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena.

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