Dada Africa

Dialogue with the Other

Edited by Ralf Burmeister, Michaela Oberhofer, and Esther Tisa Francini

Dada Africa

Edited by Ralf Burmeister, Michaela Oberhofer, and Esther Tisa Francini

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

240 pages | 200 color plates | 9 x 11 | © 2016
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9783858817792 Published October 2016 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
At its height, the Dada movement not only upended European art, it also brought that tradition into unprecedented dialogue with non-European forms of expression. This book offers the first extended analysis of Dada’s exploration of non-Western art and culture. Richly illustrated essays present close analyses of artifacts from Africa, Asia, and Oceania in the context of Dada and through an ethnological lens. Contributors also investigate the ways in which the influence of Dada can be seen in postcolonial discourse and in the context of cultural transfer. Featuring works by Jean Arp, Hugo Ball, George Grosz, , Raoul Hausmann, Hannah Höch, Man Ray, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Tristan Tzara,  and many other artists, this is a major work that will enable a broad rethinking of Dada’s aims and achievements.
 
Contents
Preface
Thomas Köhler and Albert Lutz
 
Introduction. The Dada movement and non-Western art
Ralf Burmeister, Michaela Oberhofer, Esther Tisa Francini
 
Dada Performance
                Negro poem, sound poem? Everyone his own Other
                                Hélène Thiérard
                “Our belief in a direct, magical, organic and creative art.” Marcel Janco’s masks and designs
                                Michaela Oberhofer
                “Abstract” and “cubist” mask dances. Becoming involved with the culturally foreign in order to establish a new performance aesthetic
                                Mona De Weerdt
                Tumulte noir. The relationship between Dada and jazz
                                Jody Blake
                “Real Indians.” Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s early work with regard to foreign cultures. Following the trail
                                Walburga Krupp
                Indians and Katsinam. European avant-garde approaches to the indigenous cultures of North America
                                Peter Bolz
                Dialogues
                                Texts from Peter Bolz, Nanina Guyer, Walburga Krupp, Axel Langer, François Mottas, Michaela Oberhofer, and Khanh Trinh
                Catalogue
 
Dada Gallery
                “Hot spot of international energies.” The network of Dada artists, dealers, and collectors of African art
                                Esther Tisa Francini
                Dada reads ethnological resources. From knowledge of foreign art worlds to poetic understanding
                                Christian Kaufmann
                Inspiring chaos. Africa in ethnological museums in the early twentieth century
                                Nanina Guyer
                Unfamiliar sights, unexpected insights. On the history and reception of postcards from West Africa
                                Nanina Guyer
                Han Coray between Dada and Africa. A life for art
                                Michaela Oberhofer and Esther Tisa Francini
                The fate of the Han Coray collection and the Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich
                                Alexis Malefakis
                Dialogues
                                Texts from Ralf Burmeister, Walburga Krupp, and Esther Tisa Francini
                Catalogue
 
Dada Revolt
                “Slashes through the thickest skin.” Dada Berlin between provocation and enlightenment
                                Ralf Burmeister
                “Drunk, I dance the feather-bright fantastic.” Carl Einstein and the African vitalism of Dadaist art
                                Uwe Fleckner
                Umba! Umba! Sounding the Other, sounding the same
                                Michael White
                Catalogue
 
Dada Magic
                Ars una or the synthesis of the disparate. On Hannah Höch’s collage series Aus einem ethnographischen Museum
                                Ralf Burmeister
                Non-Western art in Dada photography and photomontage
                                Valentine Plisnier
                Dada South? Experimentation, Radicalism and Resistance. The anatomy of an exhibition in South Africa
                                Roger van Wyk and Kathryn Smith
                Dialogues
                                Texts from Johannes Beltz, Ralf Burmeister, Michaela Oberhofer, and Esther Tisa Francini
                Catalogue
 
Index of authors
Bibliography
Lenders / Image credits / Photo credits
Imprint
 
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