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J.J. Alejos

Louisa Benhissen

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Art – 06

10 December 2017

Thesis/Research Paper Art History – Dada Movement

            Dada was shaped by artists spanning from Europe and America in the 1920s and ’30s, they showcased themselves as anti-artists, challenging what would be conformist regulations and rejected strongly the inhumanities of World War 1. To get a further analysis of their contemporary feelings Dadaists were disgusted at the war of 1914 to 1918 and so as a reaction they sought to utilize the art medium in all its variety in order to reject aesthetic gratification but rather to incite reactions instead. Dada originated in response to the bloodshed that globally pits soldier against soldier, all for the sake of power led by corrupt groups of leaders, thus leading to what is known as Dada stemming from the roots of being a wartime movement reaction. Because of this, it led many Dadaists to possess anti-authority values leading its contributors in not having a single figure to take the position of one main person in charge. The First World War consequentially delayed the recognition of contemporary machinery. Postwar, artist sentiments fixated on machines viewed them as humanitarian and benevolent. However, Dada’s change in direction in terms of creating art was distant which then could be related to the method in which impersonal machinery was arbitrarily slaughtering these soldiers. The outcome of soldiers and the populace was therefore determined by Possibility and unpredictability. Therefore their fate was in the hands of the artistic disagreement involving past world philosophy of bravery and the emerging promises of machinery. As a result, this shaped the practices of Dada in terms of their rebelliousness and frustration concerning the artists and their outlook on the War.




At the time, Dadaism caused an uproar with its irreverent approach to art. modern art would not exist if not for Dada. The boundary-breaking, revolutionary nature of Dadaism led to surrealism, abstract art, performance art and “everything that defines what we loosely call the Avant-Garde.” By encouraging artists to break the rules and defy convention, Dada encouraged later artists to stretch notions of art Dadaists were the first to make collages and montages, for example, using materials, photographs and pictures to create a patchwork of images. Duchamp invented the concept of the “ready-made,” using and modifying every day, non-art objects into pieces of art, as he did with “Fountain.” 

‘Art has nothing to do with taste. Art is not there to be tasted.’

–Max Ernst


Works Cited

 “Dada and Dadaism : History of the Dada Movement.” Dada and Dadaism : History of the Dada Movement, www.dadart.com/dadaism/dada/020-history-dada-movement.html.

“Dada Movement, Artists and Major Works.” The Art Story, The Art Story Contributors, www.theartstory.org/movement-dada.htm.


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