Following in the tradition of the artistic comradery Paris had become known for, many artists previously active elsewhere found themselves living and working in the city between the years 1920 and 1923. Hans Arp, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Francis Picabia and the poet Tristan Tzara were among the Dadaists who collaborated to bring Paris its "Dada Season." Part spectacle and part scandal, their slew of exhibitions, performances, readings, publications and printed press editorials were wholly sensational. The Paris section of Dada deftly demonstrates the lengths to which these artists would go in their attempts to shake up the post-war status quo.
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.
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Max Ernst (French, born Germany. 1891-1976)
Two Children Are Threatened by a Nightingale
(Deux enfants sont menacés par un rossignol), 1924
Oil on wood with painted wooden elements and frame
27 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (69.8 x 57.1 x 11.4 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
© 2006 Max Ernst / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris