In 1916, the Dada Manifesto was written and its concepts burst into flames from the sparks of the first World War. Dada is considered an avant-garde revolutionary movement in art that concentrated on anti-art. Rather than beauty, Dada gave it no regard. Rather than meaning, Dada meant nothing.
I have a hard time with the Dada Art Movement. It just seems like a bunch of posers got together and decided that they would devise the one answer to the question they always get:
“What does it mean?”
Still, my skepticism doesn’t change the fact that a lot of art was created under this movement and it spawned the Surrealism Movement, which meant so much more than the eye could see. There is a huge Dada art exhibit touring the world right now.
The appearances for the exhibit are as follows:
- Musée national d’art Moderne Centre Pompidou, Paris, October 5, 2005–January 9, 2006
- National Gallery of Art, Maryland, February 19–May 14, 2006
- The Museum of Modern Art, New York, June 8–September 11, 2006
If you find yourself traveling to any of these cities, this is an exhibit to see over 450 works from the Dada Movement. You can also take an online tour of the exhibit here: