It was Dr Harald Szeemann who initiated the reconstruction
of the MERZ Building by Kurt Schwitters
in Waldhausenstrasse 5A, Hanover, which was destroyed during the Second
In Szeemann's exhibition "Der Hang zum Gesamtkunstwerk" (Tendencies Toward the Total Work of Art), shown in the Zurich Kunsthaus in 1983 and later in Düsseldorf, Wien und Berlin, the MERZ Building represented an "indispensible central work". He commissioned Peter Bissegger, Intragna, Switzerland to make a reconstruction.
The MERZ Building reconstruction was installed in the Sprengel Museum
and has since been shown in a number of other museums.