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Victoria Charles,G. Appolinaire


Dada shocked the world between the years 1916 and 1922. Dada was not an art movement in the normal sense. It was a storm that broke over the art scene of the time, as the war upon the peoples. They consciously staged anti-art events. According to Max Ernst, it was the 'outbreak of anger and zest for life' at the same time. The indignation about the monstrous genocide during World War I was great and equally at the 'civilization that had brought it about.' Dada was an international uprising.
The war radically changed the art scene in the vibrant cities of Europe. The international links that had brought forth artistic masterpieces, primarily between France, Italy, Germany and Russia, were abruptly torn apart. The intellectual elite that had stayed at home and those who had come back from the war sobered sought new ways to express their experiences and insights. Among the contributors were Duchamp, Picabia, Taeuber-Arp, Man Ray, Schwitters and Arp.
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  • Anastasia Lobanovahas quoted8 months ago
    He collected rubbish, bus tickets, scraps of posters and so on, which he used instead of painting materials to produce abstract compositions. In one of them, a scrap of the word “KomMERZbank” turned up, and he started to call his creative work “Merz”, which was not less absurd a name than Dada itself. The spontaneous method of work on the Merz compositions, together with the results of the method – the abstract “colours without form” – positioned Schwitters in the first rank of those artists from Dada who became the founders of Surrealism.
  • Anastasia Lobanovahas quoted8 months ago
    n 1918, Dada’s own manifesto was published in Berlin. Its author was someone from Zürich, Huelsenbeck, but it was also signed by Tzara, Janko and Dadaism’s Berlin adherents – the writer Franz Jung, the psychoanalyst Otto Gross, the poet Raoul Hausman and Gerhard Preiss. It was aimed against Futurism and German Expressionism, and advocated the renewal of poetic forms
  • Anastasia Lobanovahas quoted8 months ago
    Georg Gross and the committed Marxist Johann Hartzfeld.
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