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Mechanical Head (Spirit of Our Age), ca. 1920


Image used with permission of The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Raoul Hausmann, Austrian (1886-1971). Mechanical Head (Spirit of Our Age) (Mechanischer Kopf [Der Geist unserer Zeit]), ca. 1920.

© 2006 Raoul Hausmann/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; Photo: Philippe Migeat
About the Show:

The Berlin section of Dada reflects that this city pioneered the then new medium of photomontage, in the context of an overtly political tone. Club Dada artists such as Johannes Baader, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Raoul Hausmann, John Heartfield and Hannah Höch took this tone to reflect their collective disgust with German nationalism in the struggling post-World WarI Deutsches Reich (German Empire).

The first major museum exhibition in the United States to focus exclusively on the brief but hugely influential movement, Dada surveys the six principal cities in which its artists worked between 1916 and 1924. This exhibition represents nearly fifty artists in over 400 pieces including paintings, collage, photomontage, readymade constructions, photographs and printed matter.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York is the third and final venue for Dada, seen previously at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., from February 19 to May 14, 2006 and in its first, slightly variational form at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, from October 5, 2005 to January 9, 2006.


"Dada" is on view from June 18 through September 11, 2006 at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019-5497 (Telephone: 212.708.9400; Website). The museum is open Wednesdays through Mondays from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM; Fridays from 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM. It is closed on Tuesdays. Admission to MoMA is $20 for adults; $16 for seniors, 65 and over with I.D.; $12 for full-time students with current I.D.; and free for members and children ages 16 and under. Target Free Friday Nights occur from 4:00-8:00 PM.

Full Image Caption:

Raoul Hausmann, Austrian (1886-1971)
Mechanical Head (Spirit of Our Age), ca. 1920
Hairdresser's wigmaking dummy, crocodile wallet, ruler, pocket watch mechanism and case, bronze segment of old camera, typewriter cylinder, segment of measuring tape, collapsible cup, the number "22," nails and bolt
12 13/16 x 8 1/4 x 7 7/8 in. (32.5 x 21 x 20 cm)
Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne-Centre de création industrielle, Paris
Purchase, 1974
© CNAC / MNAM / Dist. Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, NY
© 2006 Raoul Hausmann / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Photo © Philippe Migeat
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