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Title

Kleine DADA soirée

1923

Artists

Kurt Schwitters

Germany

20 Jun 1887 - 08 Jan 1948

Theo van Doesburg

Netherlands

30 Aug 1883 - 07 Mar 1931

  • 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
    Copyright
    © Kurt Schwitters & Theo van Doesburg/Bild-Kunst. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

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