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Title

Kleine DADA soirée


Artists

Kurt Schwitters

Germany

20 Jun 1887 - 08 Jan 1948

Theo van Doesburg

Netherlands

30 Aug 1883 - 07 Mar 1931


About

Collective projects and collaborations characterised the second wave of modernism in Europe. Dada, surrealism, constructivism and other international styles emphasised and exploited the creative affinity and social conscience of artists. In this humorous poster Kurt Schwitters, the famed pioneer of collage, teamed with the Dutch-born Theo Doesburg to advertise a Dada performance, and turn typography on its head. The resulting image is at once striking, confusing, intriguing and attractive. Despite its strategies of inversion and miscalculation, the obligation of conveying useful information to the viewer has been fulfilled. In struggling to decipher the text one is brought closer to the poster, both physically and in terms of its content. This perceptual strategy is a hallmark of Dada, a move-ment with close links to cabaret, theatre and performance. 'Kleine DADA Soirée' would not look out of place in a contemporary cultural context; indeed the Dadaist heritage of artists such as Schwitters resurfaces in graphic conventions from pop art to punk rock.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1999.


Details


Other Title

Small Dada evening


Alternative title

DADAsofie


Date

1923


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour lithograph


Dimensions

29.8 x 29.8 cm image/sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated c. image / sheet [inscribed on plate] "...1923...Théo van Doesburg...Kurt Schwitters...".


Credit

Purchased 1984


Location

Not on display


Accession number

268.1984


Artist information

Kurt Schwitters

Works in the collection

2

Artist information

Theo van Doesburg

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Five years on: a selection of acquisitions 1981-1986, Sydney, 1986. cat.no. 216

Nicholas Draffin, Prints in Germany 1880-1940, Sydney, 1989, 7-8. no catalogue numbers

Renée Free, Modernism 1900-1950: prints and drawings from the collection, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers

Renée Free, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 151 (colour illus.).

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Western Collection: Works on Paper', pg. 78-92, Sydney, 1999, 90 (colour illus.).