Dadaism – The Education


Freedom of Expression at its best!

The Education
Dadaism was a revolt by certain 20th century painters and writers in France, Germany, and Switzerland against smugness in traditional art and Western society; their works, illustrating absurdity through paintings of purposeless machines and collages of discarded materials, expressed their cynicism about conventional ideas of form and their rejection of traditional concepts of beauty.

Dada was a literary and artistic movement born in Europe at a time of World War I. Due to the war, many got annoyed that the war had happened and a change in society needed to occur, a different mindset in fact. I love how Dada gave us a different view on the world, this helped both propaganda art and commercialness art in both forms of showing a different perspective to the audience, bringing art and society closer.

They were truely pioneers of their time.


Le Violon d’Ingres by Man Ray (1924)

Marcel Duchamp performed the most notable outrages by painting a moustache on a copy of the Mona Lisa (and scribbling an obscenity beneath) and proudly displaying his sculpture entitled Fountain (which was actually a urinal, sans plumbing, to which he added a fake signature). Marcel Duchamp was a huge influence to me and I shall be writing a post about his most influential pieces soon.


So I hear you ask what are the key characteristics of Dada art?

  • Dada had only one rule: Never follow any known rules.
  • Dada was intended to provoke an emotional reaction from the viewer.
  • Dada art is nonsensical to the point of whimsy.
  • There was no predominant medium in Dadaist art. Use what ever medium is best for your concept! KEY TO ALL GOOD DESIGN!

Dada self-destructed when it was in danger of becoming “acceptable”.

Funny how acceptable its now become! We need more revolutionists like these!!


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