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Dada Art

A European avant-garde movement from the early 20th century. The often nonsensical Dadaist art was developed in reaction to WWI in Zürich, Switzerland. The movement consisted of artists who rejected the logic, reason, and aestheticism of modern, capitalist society. Dadaism was a way to express discontent with bourgeois politics, violence, and nationalism seen throughout society. The art spanned a range of mediums from collage, sculpture, sound poetry, etc. Dada has roots in a number of other artistic movements, such as Cubism, Futurism, Expressionism, etc. which informed their ‘anti-art’ aesthetics and as well as the movement’s detachment from convention. Dada would later influence movements such as Surrealism and Pop Art as well as groups such as Fluxus.

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