Dada was an artistic movement that flourished during WWI and WWII. It began in France and later spread to Austria and Germany. Anti-war and anti-bourgoisie  sentiments were at its heart. Dadaists sought to deconstruct language, art, form, society, and ultimately, structures of power. It was political, even anarchist. It was a dramatic turn away from realism, literal interpretation and reverence. Dada was the first surrealist art movement.

In French, Dada literally means “a child’s horse”. It is one of the first things a child might say, and it conjures up nonsense, silliness. That is precisely what the French Dadaists did. Plays were performed in incomprehensible or made-up language. Pictures were created by accidentally dropping shapes down. Bodies were grossly distorted. Much of Dada was offensive, shocking, disgusting. That was the intention. The artists wished to purposefully shock people out of their complacency and they believed this would pave the way…

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