Dada was a western Europe artistic and literary movement (1916-23) that
sought the discovery of authentic reality through the abolition of traditional
culture and aesthetic forms.
Established and spearheaded by Romanian-born poet,essayist and editor Tristan
Tzara. Dada became the movement of anti-art, a movement of radical, cultural
revolt, individualism and universal doubt as a response to World War I.
Dada art ranged from attacks on traditional art to the absurd. The Dadaists
frequently used artistic and literary methods that were deliberatly incomprehensible
and designed to shock and bewilder, thus startling the public to look at
things in a new way. One of the most famous Dada works was one in which
Marcel Duchamp took the beloved Mona Lisa and drew a
mustache, as well as a crude comment upon it. Some other well know Dadaists
inclued Man Ray ,James Joyce, Alfred Stieglitz , Max Ernst ,Andre Breton
and Sophie Taeuber .
Da·da or da·da (dä 'dä) n.
A European artistic and literary movement (1916-1923) that flouted conventional
aesthetic and Dadaismcultural values by producing works marked by nonsense,
travesty, and incongruity.
[French dada, hobbyhorse, Dada, of baby-talk origin.]
-Dá·da·ism n. -Dá ·da·ist adj.
& n. -Dá da·is' tic adj.
Carolyn Substitute on Dada
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