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Dada was an art movement after World War I that rejected the culture of modernity and enlightenment that had so deceived us as to lead right into war. Artists, musicians, writers in the movement rejected the rationalization of the enlightenment, and were aggressively confrontative about their horror at what the enlightenment had led to.

Collage with Squares Arranged According to the Laws of Chance. (1916-17) Link to MOMA's photo of a Dada work by Jean Arp.

From MOMA's photo of a Dada work by Jean Arp.
Jean Arp (Hans Arp) (French, born Alsace. 1886-1966. Lived in Switzerland 1959-66.)
Collage with Squares Arranged According to the Laws of Chance. (1916-17)

 

Discussion Questions

  1. Why does Dada seem so applicable today?

    Consider how many things aren't working out the way we expected them to, globally, not just here in the U.S. This might lead artists once again to challenge the traditional and remind us all that the people have a voice, a voice that should be heard, and, of course, seen.

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