Diving Deep: The Depths of Dadaism in Art

Dadaism form of Art was founded Zürich, Switzerland by Hugo Ball and his friend Emmy Hennings in Berlin in the year 1917.

LHOOQ Dadaism


A Little History:

In the early 20th century, Dadaism was born,

A reaction to the chaos, the world’s forlorn.

From Zurich to Berlin, its movement spread,

In protest against war, its message bled.

Dadaism aimed to shock and provoke,

With nonsensical art, it dared to evoke.

Through collages and readymades, it spoke,

Against reason and logic, it broke.

Constellation According to the Laws of Chance, aluminium sculpture by Jean Arp (Hans Arp), c. 1930; Wmpearl, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Notable Artists:

Marcel Duchamp, with his urinal in a gallery,

Challenged conventions with brazen audacity.

Hannah Höch and Kurt Schwitters, they too,

Created collages that broke through.

1912: Nude Descending A Staircase

Francis Picabia, with his machine-inspired art,

Pushed the boundaries, played his part.

Tristan Tzara, with his poems so wild,

Rebelled against tradition, with words compiled.

Francis Picabia, The Handsome Pork Butcher
Francis Picabia, The Handsome Pork Butcher circa 1924-6, circa 1929-35 © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2002

A Poem by Me:

In the world of Dada, we take a leap,

Into the absurd, where senses weep.

With every artwork, every word we hear,

Dadaism speaks, loud and clear.

Through Duchamp’s urinal, we see,

The power of art, the absurdity.

In every collage, every poem we find,

Dadaism leaves reason behind.

So let us dive into its chaotic sea,

In every artwork, every decree.

For in the depths of Dada’s embrace,

We find a freedom, a wild space.

Picabia, Francis: Landscape at Cassis

This post is a part of Blogchatter A2Z challenge 2024

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