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Martin Mittelmeier
DADA. Eine Jahrhundertgeschichte

© Siedler Verlag, München, 2016 Martin Mittelmeier: DADA. Eine Jahrhundertgeschichte © Siedler Verlag, Munich, 2016In 1918, Richard Huelsenbeck presented the “Dada Manifesto“ in Berlin. It was signed by the Romanian Tristan Tzara, George Grosz, Franz Jung, Raoul Hausmann, Hans Arp and his wife, Sophie Taeuber. But even before that, Hugo Ball had read an “opening manifesto” on the “first public by Dada soiree” in Zürich: “How does one achieve eternal bliss? By saying dada. How does one become famous? By saying dada. With a noble gesture and delicate propriety. Till one goes crazy. Till one loses consciousness. How can one get rid of everything that smacks of journalism, worms, everything nice and right, blinkered, moralistic, europeanised, enervated? By saying dada. Dada is the world soul, dada is the pawnshop. Dada is the world’s best lily-milk soap.” (…) Unlike surrealism, Dada was a very German movement. Whereas surrealism was subject to French-Romanic influence and aimed to conquer new dimensions of experience, with dreams and the subconscious as the ideal route, Dada’s overriding feature was its aggressive, sometimes caustic gesture.

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Martin Mittelmeier
DADA. Eine Jahrhundertgeschichte
Siedler Verlag, Munich, 2016
ISBN 978-3-8275-0070-0
272 pages

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