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Genesis Dada

100 Years of Dada Zurich

Dada began on February 5, 1916, when Hugo Ball, Emmy Hennings, and others launched the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich. Cabaret Voltaire would eventually become the stuff of legend, joined by the short-lived but no less significant Gallery Dada.  Even as Dada spread throughout Europe and the world, its heart was always in Zurich.
This book honors the centennial of Dada by telling for the first time the full story of its genesis and the role played by Zurich and its vibrant community of artists in its creation and flourishing. It sets the early years of Dada firmly in the city’s historical and cultural context and reveals the intellectual and social background that were crucial to the fermenting artistic ideas that culminated in Dada. It goes on to trace the explosion of Dada into a worldwide phenomenon that took in such artists and intellectuals as Joan Miró, Marcel Duchamp, Jean Cocteau, and Man Ray.
Richly illustrated, this book will stand as the definitive account of the origins of Dada and its little-considered ties to one particular, spectacular city.

248 pages | 143 color plates, 23 halftones | 7 1/2 x 10 1/2 | © 2016

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Table of Contents

Genesis Dada
Oliver Kornhoff
“Dada is beautiful like the night, that cradles a young day in her arms.” On Genesis Dada and 100 years of Dada since Zurich
                Adrian Notz
                                Genesis Dada
                Raimund Meyer
                                Cabaret Voltaire. More than a farce of nothingness
                Tanja Buchholz
                                Galerie Dada
                Friedrich Kurt Benndorf
                Tobias Ballweg and Katja Cattapan
                                Dada Psychology
                Robert Pfaller
                                How would it be if fists could speak?
                                Dada and Philosophy
                Hayat Erdogan
                                Critique of Impractical
                Stefan Zweifel
                                The Solar Sail of Black Madness
                Astrid von Asten
                                Arp and Dada – A “win-win situation”
                Tobia Bezzola
                                Attention Museum! Dada is not a style!
                Eric Robertson
                                “Hollaka Hollala Anlogo Bung.”
                                Dada’s Subversive Glossolalia
                Dieter Mersch
                                Research Institute Dada Soirees
                                The Cabaret Voltaire and its Consequences
                Hannes Böhringer
                                Becoming Simple
                Sylvie Kyeck
                                Behind the Dada Mask.
                                Why Masks Became a Central Element of Dada Zurich’s Stage Performances
                Mona de Weerdt
                                “Abstract” and “Cubist” (Mask) Dances
                                On The Dada Stages
                Nicola Behrens
                Jultta Mattern
                                Arcadia – The Longing That Stays,
                                Monte Verità and the Life Reform Movement
                Juri Steiner
                                The Name of the Lily. Dada as a Brand
                Maike Steinkamp
                                Infecting the World with Dada
                                The Dada Zurich Journals as Mouthpieces
                                Of the Movement
                Jürgen Häusler
                                Dada as Brand? Positively. Not.

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