Til Brugman

Poet and interpreter

In 1926, this writer and poet, who had become famous on account of her Dadaist poems, made the acquaintance of the Dada-artist Hannah Höch (1899-1978). From then on, they lived together as a couple in The Hague and, subsequently, in Berlin, from 1929 to 1936.

In August, 1931, Til Brugman visited the Institute to have a look at the "pathological museum" of a certain "Professor Hirschmann or something like that". She remembered the collections much more clearly than she did the name and founder of the Institute: she wrote a grotesque tale about it, titled "Department Store of Love" and had the story end with a menacing vision, thereby seemingly anticipating the Institute's imminent demise.