"Dada is Dead!”
WAS SATIE WRONG?
Satie declared Dadaism dead in 1923, but if anything, it’s back and stronger than ever. With Dadaist shows at the Centre Pompidou, National Gallery in Washington, and the MOMA in New York, & a newly renovated Dada Hotel in Zurich, Dada is definitely alive and well. Plus, Dada seems to tie in with current political upheaval and the general chaos surrounding public life these days...
Who were the Dadaists?
Man Ray and Duchamp play chess in Entracte
Tristan Tzara, photographed by Man Ray
Absinthe was the recreational drug of choice for many artists in the teens and twenties, and inspired a great deal of art. It was only later that this dangerously strong alcohol was outlawed. Recently Absinthe (in a controlled and regulated version) has been re-introduced in Holland and France, ...and Louisiana, too!
The nail sequence from Man Ray's Film, Retour à La Raison
A 1920's ROGUES GALLERY:
Still from Entracte (music by Eric Satie)
and multiple stills from Retour de la Raison (music by George Antheil)
Kiki of Montparnasse, in the beautiful window scene from Retour à la Raison: This film has just been released as part of the Unseen Cinema DVD series, from Anthology Film Archives (New York) and the Deutsches Film Museum (Frankfurt).
THEATER: Tristan Tzara's Dadaist play, Coeur à Gaz
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