Historic Merz Barn art studio could move from Lake District to China

Stone building used by influential German artist Kurt Schwitters may be sold due to lack of funds to maintain it, owners say

A stone barn in the Lake District, which was the final studio of one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, could be moved to China if funding is not found to maintain it, its owners have said.

The Merz Barn in Langdale, Cumbria, was used by the German artist Kurt Schwitters, after he fled from the Nazis in 1940. The building became regarded as a pioneering piece of modernist art after Schwitters covered its walls in a distinctive collage of materials before his death in 1948.

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