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Dadaglobe Reconstructed

decoration05 Feb. 2016|01 May. 2016

‘Dadaglobe Reconstructed’ brings together more than two hundred artworks and texts that were sent to Tristan Tzara in 1921 by artists from all over Europe. After years of research, contributions that have since been dispersed around the globe have been assembled once again for an exhibition that is a milestone in Dada research. The presentation comprises self-portraits, photomontages and collages, drawings, book page designs, poems and essays as well as manuscripts, printed matter and revealing historical documents.

The Kunsthaus Zürich is reconstructing ‘Dadaglobe’ – Tristan Tzara’s unpublished anthology with contributions by artists from around the world. To mark 100 years since the foundation of Dada, this exhibition reunites the widely dispersed original works for the first time. The publication that was planned but never executed finally becomes a reality. For the first time in Europe, the Kunsthaus Zürich presents a reconstruction of the legendary, mysterious and – until now – unrealized ‘Dadaglobe’ book project. If the anthology had come to fruition in 1921, it would unquestionably be seen today as one of the most ambitious publications of the Dada movement. With the help of some 200 artworks, images and texts contributed by artists and writers from ten countries, many of whom created new works for his publication, cofounder of Dada and originator of the ‘Dadaglobe’ project Tristan Tzara (1896- 1963) set out to present the apotheosis of Dada as a literary and artistic movement of international scope and to document it for posterity. ‘Dadaglobe’ was envisaged as a paean to the work of art in reproduction; but financial and organizational difficulties meant that the book never saw the light of day. The result was a void where a magnum opus should be – at the heart of Dada’s reception and the artistic production of the avant-garde in general. Now, a hundred years after the foundation of Dada, an exhibition and a comprehensive publication aim to fill that void. ‘Dadaglobe Reconstructed’ turns the analytical spotlight on this notoriously restless and virtually unclassifiable art movement. It writes a fundamental, hitherto missing chapter in the history of modernism, in which Tzara’s Dada legacy shapes the vocabulary of artistic discourse.

‘Dadaglobe Reconstructed’ is a remarkable survey of the artistic diversity, sociopolitical relevance and art-historical impact of the Dada movement, with contributions from Hans Arp, Johannes Baargeld, Constantin Brancusi, Jean Crotti, Max Ernst, Hannah Höch, Francis Picabia, Man Ray, Sophie Taeuber and around 30 other artists.

A catalogue, in German and English, is available.

(Pictures: Max Ernst, Chinese Nightingale, 1920, Musée de Grenoble, © 2016 ProLitteris, Zurich. Raoul Hausmann, P, ca 1920-1921, Collage with printed paper and ink, 31.2 x 22 cm, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Department of Prints, Drawings and Photography © 2016 ProLitteris, Zurich Nic Aluf, Portrait of Sophie Taeuber with Dada head, 1920, Gelatin silver print, 20.9 x 16.6 cm, Galerie Berinson, Berlin © Estate of Nic Aluf)


05 Feb. 2016|01 May. 2016
Heimplatz 1
Kunsthaus Zurich
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