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Dada was just the beginning

It’s so strange to me to think that so many people (myself included) don’t know that if it weren’t for Dadaism, we wouldn’t have Surrealism, Pop Art and Post-modernism.

A lot of the original dadaists actually moved on to a new art form called Surrealism.

Here are a few names from each art movement:

Did away with traditional esthetics, embraced nonsense and absurdity. 

Marchel Duchamp, Tristan Tzara, Hannah Höch, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Francis Picabia, Hans Arp, Hugo Ball.

Tried to find meaning in the unconscious, dreams. Bypass reason and rationality, automatic writing. 

Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Man Ray, Marchel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Max Ernst. Hans Arp, Frida Kahlo.

Pop Art:
Boundaries blurred between high and low art, visual communication, art becomes a commodity, influenced by the masses. 

Andy Warhol, George Segal, David Hockney.

Scepticism, Subjectivity, rejection of meta-narratives, questioning everything associated with modernism, kitsch

Justin Michael Jenkins, Robert Breer, Jeff Koons.

Of course, these are just a few artists who stand out to me.

You are welcome to explore further but proceed with caution. This is not for the light-hearted.


The reason why I am dada for nonsense – day 18 blog challenge

O frabjous day! A reason to talk about the meaning of my blog!

Actually I’ve said it so well in my very first and second posts. So I’ll just quickly refer back to those if you haven’t read them yet:

The reason behind the name:

The reason for the name “dada4nonsense” is that during my third year in my creative writing class I thought of my poems as nonsense poems.  My lecturer said it leaned more towards dadaist poems.

According to the Oxford dictionary “Dada is an international movement in poetry and painting, initiated 1916 in Zürich, repudiating (refusing to obey) tradition, culture and reason.”

There is also a play on the word dada which replaced the word gaga, meaning to be crazy about something.

The reason for starting this blog is to get a sense of motivation and to work on my writing skills.  

So there you have it. If you want to know more about nonsense and Dadaism check out my very first post titled “Nonsense” and my favourite Nonsense quotes from the Dadaists.