Prodan Romanian Cultural Foundation
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The following is a short description of the Dada movement, taken from a review of the Dada show at the Centre Pompidou, Paris during 2004-2005. This review originally appeared in the International Herald Tribune (Saturday-Sunday, October 8-9, 2005).

Voluntarily nihilistic and provocative, the movement started in Zurich during World War I under the aegis of the Romanian poet Tristan Tzara. It soon had representatives in several European cities as well as New York. Using innovative techniques as collages and performances, the artists, such as Arp, Schwitters, Ernst, Picabia, Man Ray, Duchamp and Breton, among many others, expressed themselves through paintings, sculptures, poetry, photography, photomontages and graphic arts. The Dada movement, however, was unstable, and Surrealism was born in 1924, attracting many of the former Dada artists. The show assembles about 1,000 artworks, devoting ample room to both visual arts and written materials....

Catalogue cover from the Dada
exhibition in Paris

Calling card of Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich,
where the Dada movement was founded



Dada group photograph, 1921. From the Foudation's collection.

dada caption
Caption on reverse of photograph

Dada's Women

The photograph in the Foundation's collection showing a group of Dada artists, including Celine Arnault, was reproduced in Dada's Women, a book written by Ruth Hemus and published in 2009 by Yale University Press. These images show the cover, title page and the reproduction of the Foundation's photograph.