11 Nov 2006 • 1,247 views
"our generation was formed through the absurdity of war" ...said Andre Malraux
dada is an art movement that grew largely out of a disgust for the Great War and for the societies and values that allowed it to happen.
"dadaism has more to do with the battle of the Somme, with uprisings and putsches, than with what we usually consider art." ...said ilya ehrenburg
In the aftermath of a war that introduced the horrors of chemical and industrialized warfare for the first time, the world was numbed by its own brutality.
"The beginnings of Dada," Tristan Tzara remarked, "were not the beginnings of art, but of disgust."
dada, in essence, was revolt against war. none of those artists and thinkers could bring themselves to work for the rebuilding of a society that had proven itself so morally bankrupt. as Marcel Janco recalled: "We had lost confidence in our culture."
dada rejected all accepted values because those values had all succumbed to rabid militarism.
dada is without meaning, as nature is.