Dada and Surrealism.


Dada movement was kind of this violent and accidental starting point for people and for the art world to capture in between 1915 and 1922. The war that was going on in France at that time kind of created this desperate movement that would aim to find something in this blowing up chaos that’s going on in reality and try to irritate, amuse and distract people. For example when Marcel Duchamp drew  a moustache and beard on Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and penciled “L.H.O.O.Q” at the bottom of his altered image which meant “She has a hot ass.” in French, which is a very childish thing to do, but childishness played very important role in the Dada movement.


Another really good example is Man Ray’s “Compass”, 1920, which was the magnet-and-pistol device that he took photo of right when he made it, therefore we can look at it and analyse. This magnet holds a child’s gun, a toy, not a grown up’s gun. He was using objects to create ideas and in this particular piece portraying the contrast between child and adult but at the same time bringing them together by showing that there is an attraction in violence even in children.

There is a lot of cases and mentions of accident in Dada movement. Discovering something by accident and the meaning of accident itself. Also, in my opinion the historical art pieces I saw that relate to Dada movement in summery I can say that they all brought something new into the world, something surreal and weird. I really want to compare Marcel Duchamp to Banksy in the way that both of those people broke the rules at the right place, at the right time. For me Dada movement was always the beginning of something new, the flower of life, the world where people compare sex machine to coffee grinder and exposed to light paper in the dark room to two people kissing and creating the tenderness between each other. The power of imagination.


Dada and Surrealism.

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