“Before Dada art was in form, after Dada art is an attitude”
Dada was a radical art movement started in 1914 and ended in the mid 1920’s mainly in the North Atlantic. It was created as a form of protest against World War 1 by immigrants who wanted to express a new kind of mentality in the world of art and politics at the time. Dada was the reaction and rejection of traditional society and the atrocities of World War 1 by artist of that era. It reflected their desire to oppose convention and boundaries and establish art in a new light, breaking down stereotypes and forcing people’s perception of art to be broadened. Dada existed in six main cities, Zurich, New York, Berlin, Cologne, Hanover and Paris, this happened mainly because the war directly influenced where artist worked. The two main cities of Dada were Zurich and New York. Dada originated in Switzerland founded by German, Romanian and French refugees fleeing World War 1, as a result of being exposed to the horrors of war, these artists sought a fresh perspective and concentrated its ant-war politics through a rejection of the prevailing standards in art through anti-art cultural works. Dada thought that reason and logic had caused the war this is why they rejected logic and embraced anarchy and irrationality. The Cabaret Voltaire was established in the Hollandische Meierei a popular tavern located in Zurich Switzerland, it was the birth place of Dada and was opened on February 5th 1916 by Hugo Ball and his wife Emmy Hennings. It was run by hardcore Dada enthusiast such as Tristan Tazara, Marcel Janco, Jean Arp, Richard Huelsenbeck, Sophie Tauber and Hans Ritcher, along with others. They put on a variety of shows in relation to expressing their disgust with the war and what inspired it, breaking down all stereotypical and bourgeois values, all past ideals which to them had a great influence in causing the war, they created a contradiction and a counter logic in the world of arts and...
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