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Erin Hussey

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Transcript of Dadaism

An Overview of Dada
Dada is most aptly defined as "anti-art"
The style was used to protest social norms, values, and ideals
Time Period
A night club in Zurich owned by Hugo Ball and Emmy Hemmings, and the birthplace of Dada
The Hobby Horse
The Dada "mascot" represented foolery, naivety, innocence, and childlike openness
Poster Poems
'ABCD' Collage
Raoul Hausmann
'Der Dada No. 2'
Raoul Hausmann, John Heartfield, George Grosz
"Man has created an insidious system - a top and a bottom. A very few earn millions, while thousands upon thousands are on the verge of starvation. But what has this to do with art? Precisely this, that many painters and writers, in a word, all the so-called 'intellectuals' still tolerate this state of affairs without taking a stand against it......To help shake this belief and to show the oppressed the true faces of their masters is the purpose of my work”
– George Grosz

Photo Montages
'The Chinese Nightingale'
Max Ernst
Post WWI
After the war, many artists relocated to Berlin, Cologne, and New York, continuing the style for a short time
Analysis of a Dada Art Piece
'The Pillars of Society'
George Grosz
The Nazi Official
Violent facial expression
Alfred Hugenberg
Press Baron of German National People's Party
Chamberpot on head
Bloodstained palm
Friedrich Ebert
President of Germany from 1919-1925
"Sozialismus funktioniert"
"Socialism is working"
Face flushed from alcohol
Blindly preaching to burning city
Oblivious to war raging behind him
How does George Grosz feel about these governmental and religious figures?
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