23 April 2006

Dada: The Revolt of Art 1915—1925

Dadaism is one of those movements in modern art which had an amazingly short life but a lasting influence. It flourished for not much more than the decade between 1915 and 1925, yet some of its legacy is still with us. It's amazing to think that this very influential movement sprang up in the middle of the first world war - though there were pre-echoes of it in the work of abstract expressionism and Russian futurism which just preceded it. Tristan Tzara might have thought up the name Dada, but I doubt that anyone reads a word of what he wrote these days. However, the work of visual artists such as Jean Arp and Sophie Taeuber still speaks as something of lasting value, almost one hundred years later ... Read more >>

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