20Sep2016 Contextual Studies DADA Art

  • (1916-1924)

DADA is an art movement formed during the First World WAR in Zurich in negative reaction to the horrors and folly of the war.Actually,the DADA means NOTHING.The art,poetry and performance produced by artists is often satirical and nonsensical in nature.

We know the famous artist Marcel Duchamp and his famous Readymade and Assemblage.

Fountain 1917, replica 1964 by Marcel Duchamp 1887-1968
Fountain 1917, replica 1964 Marcel Duchamp 1887-1968 Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1999 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T07573

Duchamp gave up painting in 1912,due to him valuing ideas over aesthetics.His readymades,a series of ordinary objects of everyday use that were designated as works of art,challenged the notion of what defines art.

Then we used some newspapers to make a simple DADA poems.

We cut some newspaper’s words and letters.Then we pasted them together in random chaos. Honestly,I didn’t satisfact about this I’d like to do it again. If give  me one more chance I will do it better.🙈


I think DADA is really contradictory .It revolts the traditional art, but it becomes a part of the art. Honestly,  DADA Art is beautiful ,interesting and amusing.

Although sometimes I cannot understand the purpose of these productions. That is the charm of DADA ART, isn’t it ?


Jean Arp (16 September 1886 – 7 June 1966)

He was a German-French sculptor, painter, poet, and abstract artist in other media such as torn and pasted paper.When Arp spoke in German he referred to himself as “Hans”, and when he spoke in French he referred to himself as “Jean”.

Arp was a founding member of the Dada movement in Zürich in 1916. In 1920, as Hans Arp, along with Max Ernst and the social activist Alfred Grünwald, he set up the Cologne Dada group. However, in 1925, his work also appeared in the first exhibition of the surrealist group at the Galérie Pierre in Paris.


These two models are Shirt Front and Fork(painted wood, 1922, National Gallery of Art) and Cloud Shepherd(1953, Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas)


Max Ernst (2 April 1891 – 1 April 1976)

He was a German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet. A prolific artist, Ernst was a primary pioneer of the Dada movement and Surrealism.

In 1919, Ernst visited Paul Klee in Munich and studied paintings by Giorgio de Chirico, which deeply impressed him. The same year, inspired partly by de Chirico and partly by studying mail-order catalogues, teaching-aide manuals, and similar sources, he produced his first collages (notably Fiat modes, a portfolio of lithographs), a technique which would come to dominate his artistic pursuits in the years to come. Also in 1919 , social activist Johannes Theodor Baargeld, and several colleagues founded the Cologne Dada group. In 1919–20 Ernst and Baargeld published various short-lived magazines such as Der Strom and die schammade, and organized Dada exhibitions.Ubu_Imperator.jpg


Ubu Imperator (1923, Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France)


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