Het vieren van dada
Het Vieren van dada
Celebrating DADA: a summary
Some 100 years ago Dada was born in Zürich, Switzerland. It was both a spontaneous and heterogeneous movement of artists, authors, dancers who utterly disliked the way Europe was moving ahead: warlike. Why did nobody foresee the meaningless massacre of the World War. If culture, art, religion, philosophy, literature had nothing to say and nothing to influence, they have proved to be obsolete. Mankind needs to break with the past radically and explore new ways into the future. From Dada stem several movements in art and literature, which developed into different directions. The original ‘break-away-movement’ with its main advocate Tristan Tzara did not live long. In 1922 Tzara announced the death of Dada. However, a number of Dada-elements continued to manifest themselves in different movements, like surrealism, Cobra, magic-realism and so on. What we call ‘postmodernism’ would be unthinkable without Dada.
In this small collection of articles, which were published in the Curacao newspaper Amigoe in 2016, the movement is explored against the political and cultural background of the period. The movement is seen to have 3 tales: unreal reality (resulting in surrealism and magic realism), torn reality (the original Dada movement), new reality (resulting in the new world created by Hans Arp or Piet Mondriaan and with an affinity with za-ym in Russia, with poets like Chlebnikov and Kruchenykh.
In these articles special attention is given to the influence of Dada in The Netherlands, plus Tristan Tzara, as well as to some Dadaists or Dada-related artists who passed away in 1966: Hans Arp, Andre Breton and Alberto Giacometti.