The Dada Movement

"I don't believe in art, I believe in artist" Marcel Duchamp

Main Ideas

Dates: 1916-1923

Dada was born out of a negative reaction to the horrors of WW1.

Dada rejected reason and logic, prizing nonsense, irrationality and intuition. The origin of the name Dada is unclear; some believe that it is a nonsensical word.

The movement primarily involved visual art, literature, poetry, art manifestos, art theory, theatre, and graphic design, and concentrated its anti-war politics through a rejection of the prevailing standards in art through anti art cultural works. In addition to being anti-war, Dada was also anti-bourgeois and had political affinities with the radical left.

Dada art is "anti-art."

Main People/Locations

Marcel Duchamp
Johannes Baader
Hugo Ball

Began in Zurich, Switzerland in 1916 but spread throughout Europe.

Examples of Art

Facts About The Movement


Began during World War 1 and was based on anti-war themes.

Was not only an artist movement but a cultural movement as well and included public gatherings and demonstrations.

Dada was not art, it was "anti-art." For everything that art was, Dada was to represent the opposite.