Dadaglobe Reconstructed

Edited by Kunsthaus Zürich

Dadaglobe Reconstructed

Edited by Kunsthaus Zürich

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

With Contributions by Adrian Sudhalter, Michel Sanouillet, Cathérine Hug, Samantha Friedman, Lee Ann Daffner, and Karl D. Buchberg.

304 pages | 277 color plates, 113 halftones | 8 x 10 | © 2016
Cloth $59.00 ISBN: 9783858817754 Published May 2016
Dadaglobe was to be the definitive anthology of the Dada movement. Had it been published in 1921 as planned, it would have constituted more than one hundred artworks by some thirty artists from seven countries, showing Dada to be an artistic and literary movement with truly global reach. Yet, mainly due to a lack of funding, it remained unpublished, a remarkable void in the literature on this early-twentieth-century movement.

On the one-hundredth anniversary of the founding of Dada in Zurich, Dadaglobe Reconstructed restores this fascinating literary artifact with reproductions of the works of art received by the Romanian poet and cofounder of the Dada movement Tristan Tzara. Tzara’s call for submissions in four categories—drawings, photographs of artworks, photographic self-portraits, and book layouts—was met not merely with existing works. In fact, the parameters for production also served as a catalyst for the creation of many new ones, including some of the Dada movement’s most iconic works. For the first time, the collection is presented here in full color and alongside essays examining Tzara’s concept and the history of Dada and Dadaglobe.

Based on years of extensive research by American scholar Adrian Sudhalter, Dadaglobe Reconstructed provides a remarkable view of Dada, with a wealth of previously unpublished material. It will be essential—and fascinating—reading for anyone interested in the first truly international avant-garde movement.
Christoph Becker
“Read Dadaglobe If You Have Troubles!”

Glenn D. Lowry
“Parlez à vos amis de Dadaglobe!”

Anne and Michel Sanouillet

Cathérine Hug
“The Most Beautiful Moment is Tomorrow”

Samantha Friedman
Dada Lives in New York

Adrian Sudhalter 
How to Make a Dada Anthology 

Selected Documents

Lee Ann Daffner and Karl Buchberg
Technical Note: Photomechanical Reproduction and Dadaglobe

Illustrated Checklist

Dimitri Bruni, Manuel Krebs, and Adrian Sudhalter 
Headnote to the Reconstruction 


Tristan Tzara 
Review Quotes
“A compelling display. . . . The history of Dada has been opened out to a new story, one where Dada has been released from its accepted position in a chain of ‘movements’ comprised of canonical objects, and even from its previously accepted geographical boundaries. Instead, Dadaglobe Reconstructed makes it far more clearly visible as a strategy, an activity, or even a mentality, speaking across time and place.”
New York Times
“A rigorous yet sparky exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, which brings together the portraits, drawings and collages Tzara commissioned for Dadaglobe, plus a few paintings and sculptures by some of its leading adherents and sympathizers: Marcel Duchamp, Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Constantin Brancusi. Enjoyable as the exhibition is—the photographs, correspondence and publishing ephemera will be catnip to Dada freaks and magazine geeks—its catalog may be the more important accomplishment. Assiduously edited by Sudhalter, it features a full reconstruction of this magazine that never was, full of puns, poems and Duchamp’s chess notations, assembled with diligence and guesswork over 160 pages. It’s a substantial contribution to the history of interwar art.”
Wall Street Journal
Dadaglobe Reconstructed . . . is an incredible feat of curatorship and research. . . . The show’s generously annotated catalog is the first-ever edition of Dadaglobe, nearly a century after Tzara proposed what he referred to as ‘The Greatest Standard Work in the World.’”
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