The Dada Movement
"I don't believe in art, I believe in artist" Marcel Duchamp
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."
Began in Zurich, Switzerland in 1916 but spread throughout Europe.
Examples of Art
Nude (Study), Sad Young Man on a Train (Nu [esquisse], jeune homme triste dans un train), 1911–12, oil on cardboard mounted on Masonite
Hugo Ball in ‘cubist costume’ reciting his poem ‘Elefantenkarawane’ at the Cabaret Voltaire, 23 June 1916.
Facts About The Movement
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.