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Dadaglobe Reconstructed

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Dadaglobe Reconstructed

Edited by Kunsthaus Zurich
With essays by Adrian Sudhalter, Anne and Michel Sanouillet, Catherine Hug, Samantha Friedman, Lee Ann Daffner, and Karl Buchberg

“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.” —New York Times

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.’” —Wall Street Journal

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 Yet, mainly due to a lack of funding, it remained unpublished, a remarkable void in the literature on this early-twentieth-century movement.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 co-founder 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.

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304 pages
Scheidegger & Speiss, 2016
8 x 1.1 x 10 inches
ISBN 9783858817754

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