dada was one of the most important art movements of the 20th century. originating in zurich during the first world war, it spread throughout europe and to america and japan, and many art movements since can trace their spiritual ancestry back to dada.
dada was fiercely anti-authoritarian, exploring and questioning the very meaning of art. marcel duchamp, one of the movement’s luminaries, drew a moustache on the once-sacrosanct "mona lisa." he then took a men’s urinal and installed it, upside down, as an exhibit in an art museum, questioning the role of art museums in art – and probably the quality of the art that can be found in those museums, too.
rudolf kuenzli, director of the international dada archive, has written a lively and accessible overview of the dada movement, including not only duchamp but also lesser known but no less important artists. dada: themes and movements includes not only sculpture and visual art but also performances and literature and puts the movement into historical context, assessing its impact on later art. it’s dada as the dadaists themselves saw it.
english. hardcover. 304 pages. 9.8”h x 11.4”l.
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