Dadart is the online result of the junction between two autonomous non-profit associations, ruled by the French law of July 1, 1901, with the purpose of promoting research about and interest in the Dada movement.
The first, the Association for the Study of the Dada Movement, was registered at the prefecture of police of Paris on October 14, 1964.
The second, the Association of Friends of the Centre du XXe siècle, was registered at the prefecture of the Maritime Alps on November 18, 1975. It supports the Centre's action outside of the University.
The Centre du XXe Siècle was founded in 1968 at the University of Nice with the objective of communicating and valorizing its members' research on the literary and artistic avant-gardes of the 20th century.
The purpose of both associations is to promote research on and provide access to a large spectrum of documentation on the protagonists, the locations and the works concerned by Dada.
We realize that Dada is by definition completely different from any of the art movements of the 20th century; that it lies outside of the usual theories about the thought, history, or epistemology of art. Dadart means to underline the diversity and uniqueness of the movement. Therefore Dadart will concentrate exclusively on this phenomenon. It will only deal incidentally with related schools and structures such as surrealism or futurism.
Collecting and spreading all kinds of information about Dada.
Creating and updating archives about the movement, its history and its works.
Publishing reprints of periodicals and out of print documents and tracts; distributing the Centre's research on Dada, the Dadaists and their manifestations.
Establishing contacts with the persons or institutions connected with Dada: scholars, collectors, libraries, study centers, associations, museums, art galleries, authors, journalists...