4. January 2020

Body Performance - Ausstellung der Helmut Newton Stiftung - Teil 2

Viviane Sassen begeistert seit Jahren die Modefotowelt. Auch sie arbeitet in erster Linie mit dem menschlichen Körper, etwa indem...


31. December 2019

Body Performance - Ausstellung der Helmut Newton Stiftung - Teil 1

Performance ist eine eigenständige Kunstform, und die Fotografie ist ihr ständiger Begleiter. In dieser Gruppenausstellung werden...


  |  20. December 2016


100 Years of Dada

As far as art is concerned, the year 2016 is all about the Dada movement which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. With that in mind, we are going to take a closer look at the beginnings and backgrounds of this revolutionary art movement.

Dada has been a synonym of nonsense ever since its beginnings – the exponents of the movement quite deliberately chose such a trivial sounding name. However, there was a lot more to Dada. The artists and poets who committed themselves to Dadaism 100 years ago primarily turned against middle-class establishment and its outdated ideals. In addition to what was purported to be “good taste”, these ideals included monarchist structures in Europe and the primacy of industrialization which determined all aspects of life. These were the very values that led to World War One, according to the Dadaists who fundamentally challenged them.

As a reaction to the horrors of World War One and a reality that seemed to have gone insane, they proclaimed the zero hour and declared madness and nonsense the core of their art. This, however, did not show up as a completely meaningless madness, but meant more of a deliberate provocation and an invented language that found its expression in fine arts and literature as well as dance and theater. Dadaism questioned all traditional art genres by satirically exaggerating them and thereby turned them into artworks out of context. Conventional poetry was turned into nonsensical sound poems; classical dances were transformed into wild and experimental movements on stage. The aim was to create something new, which would leave behind everything that was established. The Dadaists thereby paved the way for a number of later art styles such as Surrealism, Fluxus or performance and conceptual art.

One of the founding members of the Dada movement was Hugo Ball. At the beginning of World War One, he volunteered for military service, but the murderous dimensions of such a war soon dawned on him. The shock of this discovery led him to an anti-art, which represented a clear refusal of the war. In 1915, he emigrated to Switzerland and together with Hans Arp and Tristan Tzara he soon after founded the Cabaret Voltaire, which has become known as the birthplace of Dadaism. From there, the revolutionary spirit spread all over the world – to Paris, Berlin, Madrid and New York

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16. October 2019

Affordable Art Fair Hamburg

In 1999, the art world was dominated by expert fairs, traditional auction houses and white cube galleries. Whoever wanted to buy...


7. October 2019

Olafur Eliasson: In real life

Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967) grew up in Iceland and Denmark. In 1995 he founded Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, which today...

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