Birthplace of Dada, neutral Zurich was a refuge for a loosely-knit group of expatriated writers and artists who'd fled to Switzerland during World War I. United by their anger over the war, and availing themselves of the platform the avant-garde nightclub, Cafe Voltaire offered, founding members Hugo Ball, Hans Arp, Tristan Tzara, Marcel Janco, Francis Picabia, Christian Schad and Sophie Taeuber-Arp dove headfirst into new ways of experimenting with abstract sight and thought. The Zurich section of Dada is especially noteworthy for reuniting all four of Taeuber-Arp's remaining Dada Heads.
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:
Sophie Taeuber (Swiss, 1889-1943)
Military Guards (Die Wachen), 1918
Marionette for the play The King Stag (König Hirsch)
by Carlo Gozzi, 1762
Adaptation by René Morax and Werner Wolff for the
Swiss Marionette Theater, 1918; Carl Fischer, fabricator
Turned, painted wood and metal joints
15 15/16 x 7 1/4 in. (40.5 x 18.5 cm)
Museum Bellerive, Kunstgewerbesammlung Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
© 2006 Sophie Taeuber / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York /
VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn