Welcome to the wonderful world of DADA!. Although atfirst glance, Dada can appear to be a rather difficult and confusing movement to understand. If one takes the time look at it in some depth, Im sure that you will discover a movement of not only great significance in the context of Art history. But a movement whose theories and principles are still applicable in the world in which we live today.
Having said this. It must be made clear that this website is by no means meant to be exhaustive, and is only really intended to give a brief overview of the movement as whole. None the less I hope you find it interesting.
Dada was an art movement that sprang up in Zurich
Switzerland roughly around 1916. It emerged largely
in response to the atrocities and insanity of World
War 1, and sought to find and experiment with new
forms of expression in an attempt to rejuvenate the
After the end of the war in 1918, Dada spread to
Germany (Berlin, Cologne, Hanover), where it
was to rebel against the increasingly militaristic and
nationalistic policies of the emerging far right as
typified by the eventual rise to power of Hitler’s Nazi party.
Dada was important in an Art historical context in that it paved the way and laid the foundations for surrealism which was to follow. Many of the artists active in dada later becoming influential and active within surrealism.
Although Dada groups existed in several forms for longer and
shorter periods in other areas such in Paris, Italy, the Netherlands
and New York. It’s spiritual and historical home has always been
in Zurich (Switzerland), with a special mention going to post world war 1 Germany.
It is for this reason that this website will largely concentrate on these two areas of the Dada movement.
Switzerland in 1914, as it was to be later in
in 1945 with World war 2, was a neutral
country during World war 1. As a result it
found itself becoming a refuge for man…