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Sometimes I get a little distracted and for the last posts I strayed a lot from the topic. I started some research in the Dada movement and the Dadaists.

What is Dada?

It was an art movement in the European Avant-garde in the early 20th century. No one is sure when it exactly started. Most websites state it was started in Zurich, Switzerland in 1916, but the New York Dada group has already existed since 1915.

According to Dona Budd, Dada was born out of the negative reaction to the horrors of World War I. It became an international movement and was started by a group of artists and poets associated with the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich.

Dada was so revolutionary because it rejected reason and logic and embraced nonsense, irrationality and intuition.

Dada is anti-art. Dada represented the opposite of art. If art embraced traditional aesthetics, Dada ignored it; if art appealed to sensibilities, Dada intended to offend.

The Dadaists were against bourgeouis nationalist and colonist interests which they believed was the root cause of the war.

According to Marc Lowenthal “Dada is the groundwork to abstract art and sound poetry, the prelude of postmodernism, influence of pop art and it laid the foundation for Surrealism.

Interesting fact: Dada in French means “hobby-horse”.