The word ‘Dada’ was chosen at random by a group of young artists and writers from a dictionary in the Cabaret Voltaire in 1916; it soon came to represent a cause taken up by young utopians who were trying to counter the madness of the tumultuous years of the First World War.
From 1915 to 1925 the movement became international, with Dadaists in Zurich, Berlin, New York, Barcelona and Paris. Dada poets, painters, photographers and theorists – including Jean Arp, Johannes Bader, Hugo Ball, Marcel Duchamp, Raoul Hausmann, Marcel Janco, Man Ray, Francis Picabia and Tristan Tzara – overturned the prevailing aesthetic, changed art and redefined the relationship between the individual and society.
In this pocket-sized, profusely illustrated book, Marc Dachy sets out with passion to retrace the history of this infamous movement, which demanded works that were ‘strong, honest, precise and forever uncompromised.’
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