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Smithosnian magazine on Dada

This month's issue of the always-excellent Smithsonian magazine has a long feature about the history and influence of the Dada art movement, described by artist Tristan Tzara as a "virgin microbe" that spread around the pre-World War I world leaving mind-blowing artifacts of absurdity in its wake. The article is timed with the massive Dada exhibit touring the US that will be on display at New York's Museum of Modern Art beginning next month. From Smithsonian:
Duchamplisa “In 1913 I had the happy idea to fasten a bicycle wheel to a kitchen stool and watch it turn,” (Marcel Duchamp) wrote, describing the construction he called Bicycle Wheel, a precursor of both kinetic and conceptual art. In 1916, German writer Hugo Ball, who had taken refuge from the war in neutral Switzerland, reflected on the state of contemporary art: “The image of the human form is gradually disappearing from the painting of these times and all objects appear only in fragments....The next step is for poetry to decide to do away with language.”
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