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Recommended Dada Links

Numerous web sites (perhaps hundreds of them) contain information of use or of interest to persons or organizations concerned by Dada.

These sites are extremely varied, unequal in importance or in content, and by the very nature of their being on the Web, quite volatile. Some appear or disappear from one day to the other. You will find in the following list a glimpse of the ones which seem worth the detour.

Dada in general

Dada group - Collage by Man Ray - Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Top row: Paul Chadourne, Tristan Tzara, Philippe Soupalt, Serge Charchoune
Bottom row: Man Ray, Paul Éluard, Jacques Rigaut, Mme Soupault,
Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes in 1922.

ABC's of DADA in 3 Parts
Three videos on the Zurich and German beginnngs of Dada.

André Breton
36 results (books, periodicals) for the word "Dada" in Constance Krebs's website.

Annenberg Image Library
A superb collection of images.

Art Cyclopedia
Links to the location in museums and art galleries of paintings by Picabia, Hausmann, Arp, Duchamp, Schwitters, Hoch, Man Ray, Heartfield etc. In English.

Ars Libri Ltd.
Catalogues of rare books on modern art.

Artlex on Dada
Links to paintings by Picabia, Hausmann, Duchamp, Arp, Shwitters, Taeuber-Arp, Man Ray, Ernst, Janco.

AO Artobserved
Global contemporary art events, news, and auction results observed from New York City.

Archives Dada
Superb collection of dada photographs.

Artshop.org, The-
To order Dada pictures and posters on Van Doesburg, Duchamp, Ernst, Grosz, Picabia, Man Ray, Schwitters etc.

Atlas Press
Specialized in extreme and avant-garde prose literature since 1890. Publishers of English books on surrealism, they offer a book list on Dada, expressionnism, Oulipo, the college of Pataphysics...

Aspects of Dada's Reception Since the Late 1950's by Hanne Bergius.
Lecture for the symposium "Representing Dada", September 9, 2006 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Cabaret Voltaire - From Dada to Nietniet
Everything you'd like to know about the Cabaret Voltaire from its beginnings to today, by Olga Stefan.

Cut And Paste
Dada in Germany and a history of photomontage. Hausmann, Höch, Heartfield, Schwitters.

Dada Surrealism and Beyond
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Museum has been able to form a spectacular holding of Dada and Surrealist material, comprising paintings, ready-mades, and photographs. This repository also includes extensive library and documentary materials that make the collection an important international research resource.

Dada
National Gallery of Art: Cities, art, biographies, cities, slogans.

Dada Art - EvilShare Images

Dada Archives - on Tumblr

Dada and Surrealism
and a second site :

http://www.duke.edu/web/lit132/regions.html
University course on world Dada : Berlin, Cologne, New York, illustrated.

Dada Situationist : Mital-U
Dada et situationist site from Switzerland.

Dadaism
Brief explanation from the University of Southern California website. Not too reliable, many typos, ignores Dada in Paris.

Dada Documents - Useful list of dada links on UbuWeb.

Dada - The Anti-War Art Movement
Provides a listing of major artists, artworks and dates of the Dada and Surrealist Periods. A good art history archive.

Documents of Dada and Surrealism
Dada and Surrealist Journals in the Mary Reynolds Collection
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago. By Irene E. Hofmann.

Getty (The)
The J. Paul Getty Foundation is an international cultural institution devoted to the visual arts. Here, the special collection page.

Guggenheim Museum (Dada Movement)
Reproductions of works of art of the major dadaists.

Guggenheim Museum : Kurt Schwitters
Biography, works of art, references.

The History of Visual Communication : 08: The Avantgarde
Excellent presentation of avantgarde typography from Constructivism through Futurism and Dada (the latter illustrated by Picabia's 391, Schwitters' Merz, Hausmann and Heartfield).

International Dada Archive
and
Digital Dada Library
The most complete documentary source on the Dada movement : texts, lithographs, periodicals and other works of art. Your first research stop - after Dadart ;-)

Influence of Modern Art, The - Dada (PowerPoint presentation of the movement)

Jan van der Donk
Catalogue of rare avant-garde books, periodicals and varia on architecture, art, drawings and photography.

MoMA - The Collection - Dada Highlights
67 artworks from the Dada period, with enlargements and scholarly comments

MoMA Learning
Teaching Dada, Surrealism, Pop Art etc. Excellent resource.

Modern Art: Dada, De Stijl, Matisse, Picasso
A beautiful and informative slideshow in colour illustrating Dada, Grosz, Arp, Hausmann, Duchamp etc.

National Gallery of Art - Washington DC
Cities, biographies, art, techniques, slogans of Dada

New York Avant-Garde, 1913-1929, The
New York Dada and the Armory Show. Pictures and bibliography.

Random Acts of Beauty: The Story of Dada
a historical documentary on the little known but highly influential early 20th century absurdist art movement known as Dada.

Smithsonian Magazine
Good online article on Dada with illustrations.

Typographer (pp. 6-9, no date)
Texts on dada (examples Kurt Schwitters and John Heartfield) and constructivist
typography (examples El Lissitzky and Alexander Rodchenko) from Layout 1.

Weimar: Art and Modernity: Dada
Illustrated biographies on Kurt Schwitters, Raoul Hausmann, Hannah Höch, Erwin Blumenfeld, Johannes Baader and the First International Dada Fair (Berlin, 1920).

Willie Sturges
Die Dada Leut (Dada People) 24 unusual portraits of famous Dadaists

Zang Tumb Tuumb! A study resource on Dada etc.


Aragon, Louis

Louis Aragon Online
Bilingual biographical and bibliographical site on Aragon, with links to other sites.

Mon siècle, par Aragon
Interview by Jean-Jacques Brochier, Magazine littéraire n° 10, September 1967.


Arp, Jean

Fondation Jean Arp

With Hugo Ball, Richard Huelsenbeck, Tristan Tzara, Marcel Janco, Hans Richter, Arp participated in the beginning of the Cabaret Voltaire where the Dada movement began in
1916. Lectures, recitals, spontaneous music and later simultaneous poems exalted non-sense.

Jean Arp - Art EvilShare Images


Ball, Hugo

Karawane - sound poem on YouTube

Gadji Beri Bimba - sound poem on YouTube

Hugo Ball / Emmy Hennings - Inventar des Doppelnachlasses
This collection from the archives of the Swiss National Library now available online: the dual estate of Emmy Hennings and Hugo Ball (in German).


Cravan, Arthur

Arthur Cravan
A biography, his travels, painting, boxing, Mina Loy, Maintenant etc.

The Day Boxing's Jack Johnson Put Dada Surrealism on Dreamstreet

On April 23, 1916, Jack Johnson, the former Heavyweight boxing champion of the world in exile in Europe after fleeing conviction for violating the White-Slave Traffic Act (aka the Mann Act), went mano a mano with modern art.

His nominal opponent was Arthur Cravan née Fabian Lloyd, an Englishman born and educated in Switzerland, who claimed to be the nephew of Oscar Wilde, a professional boxer, singer, art critic, poet - you name it. Living in Paris, he was a performance artist before the genre existed, the subject and theme of his art being himself. Creating a public spectacle was the reason he got out of bed each morning, and once on his feet was a walking happening.

[This blog contains some exceptional photos and an amusing resumé of Cravan's adventures.]


Duchamp, Marcel

Marcel Duchamp in the Yahoo! Directory
15 site listings by popularity (not all are trustworthy, however)

Marcel Duchamp on Tumblr

Many interesting photographs, but the information is not always pertinent.

Duchampian News & Views
Duchampian Images
Duchampian Multimedia
Who is Marcel Duchamp
Duchamp Artworks
Duchamp Books
Duchamp Videos
Duchamp Links

An excellent website for research on Duchamp.

Making Sense of Marcel Duchamp
An in-depth look at Marcel's life and work.

Inspired Gather; Marcel Duchamp
Pictures and a biography

Marcel Duchamp's turning point
One hundred years ago in Paris, he retrieved his painting from an exhibition rather than rename 'Nude Descending a Staircase.' Art has never been the same.


Ernst, Max

The Birdman, Artist in Disguise
Bilingual biography of Max Ernst + video from Studio Treasure

Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR
50321 Brühl (Rhineland) Germany
Contains an outline of Max Ernst's career up to 1927! and a lecture program.

Max Ernst, Famous Paintings on YouTube

Max Ernst (Part 11/12)
Max Ernst (Part 12/12)
Videos, part of a series on Surrealism partly narrated by Ernst himself in German and in French.


Evola, Julius

The Julius Evola Network

Includes a video interview on dada in Italy and a Dada interview.


Grosz, George

Port d'eaux-mortes - George Grosz in France

Illustrated article by Neil Philip.


Hausmann, Raoul

Poèmes sonores on UbuWeb Sound

1. R.LQ.S. Varie en 3 Cascades (23:28)
Recorded May 25-26, 1966 by Henri Chopin
2. Phonemes (15:58)
Recorded in 1956 / 1957 by Henri Chopin
BBB (1918)
FMSBW (1918)
K PERIOUM (1918)
OFFEAH (1919)
OISEAUTAL (1919)
CAUCHEMAR (1946)
VALITALI (1946)
3. Interview avec les Lettristes (7:06)
Recorded on 13 May 1959 by Bureau
4. Soundreel (4:18)
Recorded on 13 May 1959 by Bureau
5. Poème sans titres (1919)

Höch, Hannah

Venetian Red
Hannah Höch, the "Quiet Girl" with the Big Voice (Part I)
This is the first of a two-part series on Hannah Höch, in which Venetian Red examines her extraordinary career, as well as her impact on the photomontage medium and impact on subsequent generations of artists.

Hannah Höch, the "Quiet Girl" with the Big Voice (Part II)
The second installment.

Hannah Höch - Virtual exhibition at the Tinguely Museum

Hannah Hoch by jenelle esparza

Hannah Höch
Video on YouTube followed by numerous other Dada links.


Huelsenbeck, Richard

Wapedia
Richard Huelsenbeck - a résumé with interesting links.


Janco, Marcel

Ein Hod - The artists' colony. Janco's career and the Janco-Dada Museum.

fotos.fr - Marcel Janco


Loy, Mina

The Academy of American Poets
Short biography of Mina Loy in English. And extra links for the more inquisitive reader.

Mina Loy's Lunar Odyssey
If you want to read Mina's Lunar Baedecker in full text and find links and information about this exceptional personality.
or
http://www.case.edu/artsci/engl/VSALM/mod/wolkowski/loyslb.html

Wolkowski's Mina Loy Page
View art and images that Loy had suffusing her environment and influencing her art, among them: stained glass, reflective objects, the moon, celestial maps, the Bible, Futurist and Dadaist art. Link to the entire, unexpurgated text of Mina Loy's Lunar Baedecker, available for the first time since 1923.


Man Ray

Man Ray on Jungle Key
An almost complete list of links to websites about Man Ray.

Manray-photo.com
143 magnificent photos by Man Ray of the Dada and Surrealism years.

Man Ray videos
on YouTube. A wide selection of uneven importance.

Man Ray
In Artcyclopedia : Museums and Art Galleries / Image Galleries / Other Sites / Articles

Man Ray : photography and its double
International Center of Photography. Photos and biography.

Man Ray : photothèque numérique
Photos and a biography of Man Ray.

Man Ray Trust
Biography, photos, exhibitions.

Man Ray
In Encyclopedia of Irish and World Art

Man Ray pushed the boundaries of photography. His experimental prints are now some of his most coveted.
Article by Deidre S. Greben in ARTINFO

Man Ray – Photograms in Aqua-Velvet
Man Ray (1890-1976) produced his first photograms—cameraless works made by placing objects and other materials on photosensitive paper—after he came to Paris in 1921. Though he claimed that he discovered the technique through an accident in the darkroom, it seems likely that his exploration was prompted by fellow artist Tristan Tzara, who brought to Paris some of Christian Schad's earlier experiments with the medium in Switzerland. Man Ray dubbed the results of his efforts "Rayographs" a play on his name, but also a twist on the Latin roots of the word "photograph," meaning "light-writing." Tzara proclaimed them "pure Dada creations."

Photographer Study: Man Ray
Despite his reputation today, his works outside of his fashion and portrait photography, were hardly appreciated during his lifetime. However, in the following decades after his death, his work became more celebrated. In 1999, ARTnews magazine placed him in the top of 25 most influential artists of the 20th century, claiming his work as "performance and conceptual art" and saying that he "offered all artists in all media an example of a creative intelligence that, in its pursuit of pleasure and liberty, unlocked every door".

Man Ray on Tumblr
Impressive collection of photographs.

Man Ray: The Painter

Acclaimed primarily as a photographer he produced works in a variety of media and considered himself a painter above all else. Here is an example of his diverse body of paintings.


Picabia, Francis

See also Francis Picabia on Dadart.

The Artworks of Francis Picabia
on WahooArt + biography (a very complete website)

Francis Picabia's Style Problem
What does style mean to an artist's work? "Funny Guy," an exhibition of work by artist Francis Picabia at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, is fertile ground for anyone looking for answers to this question. A very perceptive article by Harry Swartz-Turfle + a video on examiner.com.

Osun.org on Picabia
Excellent and generous source of documents (Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word) on the life and works of Francis Picabia.

391
Experimental art inspired by Picabia's Dada periodical 391. Plus articles on Picabia, Duchamp, Ball and others.

Fine Arts
Superb slideshow of 15 paintings by Picabia.

Francis Picabia
Biography and bibliography in German.

Francis Picabia on Artnet
Short biography and list of exhibitions in English.

Images of Feeling
Biography and "Manifeste cannibale dada" by Francis Picabia.

Wikipedia
Francis Picabia.

Francis Picabia - diaporama of paintings and photos by Stefano Scandella.

Francis PICABIA. Erik SATIE. Les aventures de Mercure.
Video of paintings by Picabia. Music by Satie : Danse des grâces - Bain des grâces - Fuite de Mercure - Colère de Cerbère. Orchestra of Paris - Director : Pierre DERVAUX.


Rigaut, Jacques

Jacques Rigaut - Excentriques.com - Bibliographie
Bibliography of and about Jacques Rigaut

A few photos of Rigaut

Jacques Rigaut Blog
Work in progress on a biography to be published by Denoël Editions


Satie, Erik

Erik Satie – Gymnopédie No. 1
Beautifully played on Have Note with a nice introduction.

Erik Satie, compositeur de musique
Articles, compositions, music, manuscripts, photographs in English.


Schad, Christian

Short biography, slideshow of Schad's portraits (mostly women, not dada period)
with a terrific jazz musical background. From Artodyssey.


Schwitters, Kurt

Kurt Schwitters Page - from The Illawarra Grammar School: books, websites, videos

Kurt Schwitters & Merz - on "Design is History"

Ursonate - sound poem on YouTube

i-Map: Opened by Customs by Kurt Schwitters
Video from the Tate Modern explaining a collage by Schwitters.

The Art in Poetry & the Poetry in Art, Part 2: Kurt Schwitters

Jerome Rothenberg in Poems and Poetics: Getty Museum Panel, April 25, 2002
"In that extension of Dada experimentation that he personalized with the coined word "Merz" -- his attempt "to efface the boundaries between the arts" resembles and predicts the work of such later artists as Cage, Oldenburg and Kaprow, indeed of a significant portion of the ”postmodern" generation."

Kurt Schwitters: Still Crazy After All These Years

fotos.fr - Kurt Schwitters


Soupault, Philippe

Philippe Soupault : Exclu pour cause de littérature
Text of the interview published in Magazine littéraire n°16, March 1968.

Philippe Soupault on Tagsup:
Web, image and video results.


Tzara, Tristan

Tristan Tzarathustra
Bilingual blog by the Canadian Clifford Duffy which contains a geat deal of previously unpublished items on and about Tzara.

Tristan Tzara
Good selection of links on Tzara.

Tristan Tzara et le livre: ses éditeurs et ses illustrateurs
Article based on Hélène Lévy-Bruhl's thesis. A most useful document.

Tristan Tzara, L'homme qui inventa la Révolution Dada
First chapters from François Buot's biography of Tzara.

Some Memoirs of Dadaism
by Tzara. From aVanity Fair, July, 1922 (OldMagazineArticles.com)

Lapis Tiger - Tristan Tzara's Art Work

Forgotten Jewish Dada-ists Get Their Due
Article by Bill Holdsworth with photo of "Polite Romanian Jewish Artists" Tristan Tzara, M. H. Maxy, Ion Vinea, Henri Gad and Jacques Costin, who were visiting Bucharest in 1922.


Van Doesburg, Théo

Detail from Van Doesburg's Small Dada Soirée, a poster for a 1923 dada tour of the Netherlands.

Theo van Doesburg: The Splintered Self
Dutch artist Theo van Doesburg experimented with poetry, design, architecture and even advertising. Adrian Searle in The Guardian applauds a new show at the Tate that captures his many lives.

Dear Kitty, some blog is an excellent page on van Doesburg despite its title.