Creative Challenge: Part Two Week 7: Dada Art

Much like Naive art, I don’t know how to create Dada art so instead I am going to give you a brief outline and history of this genera of art.

What is Dada Art?

Dada was a movement born in Europe during the horrors of World War I. Because of the war many artists, writers and intellectuals from France and German (many but not all were from these countries) fled to Zurich, Switzerland during the Nazi invasion. Far from feeling relief at their escape into Switzerland, they were mad that modern European society would allow the war to happen. So they joined in that time-honored artistic tradition of protesting, together a group of writers and artists used any public forum they could find to metaphorically spit upon nationalism, rationalism and any other -ism they felt had contributed to the war. They were fed up and if society was going to go in a direction they didn’t like they weren’t going to be a part of its traditions…all of the traditions. So these non-artists created non-art of no meaning. (1)

Dada is the groundwork to abstract art and sound poetry, a starting point for performance art, a prelude to postmodernism, an influence on pop art, a celebration of antiart to be later embraced for anarcho-political uses in the 1960’s and the movement that laid the foundation for Surrealism. (2)  

What does Dada mean?

Dada means “yes yes” in Romanian, “Hobby Horse” in French.

What does Dada art look like?









All art was found via Google Images.

Thus concludes Part Two of the Creative Challenge, we may be starting a Part Three in a few weeks so check back for more.


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