Dada, as it occurred in Hannover, was basically Kurt Schwitters' one-man show. He'd been denied membership in Berlin's Club Dada for not being "political enough," so shrugged his shoulders and formed the Dada sub-movement of Merz (a fragment of the word "Kommerz," taken from a bank's newspaper advertisement and incorporated into an early piece). Though Merz' membership was limited to Schwitters, he often collaborated with other Dadaists. The Hannover section of Dada is notable for containing four of Schwitters' limited amount of large-scale assemblages and collages.
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:
Kurt Schwitters (German, 1887-1948)
Merz Pictures 32 A. The Cherry Picture, 1921
Cut-and-pasted colored and printed papers,
cloth, wood, metal, cork, oil, pencil and ink on board
36 1/8 x 27 3/4 in. (91.8 x 70.5 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Mr. and Mrs. A. Atwater Kent, Jr. Fund, 1954
© 2006 Kurt Schwitters / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn