What is Dada in Art

Dada was more a way of life.

Regia Marinho
4 min readMay 12, 2022


Francis Picabia, Réveil Matin (Alarm Clock), Dada 4–5, Number 5, 15 May 1919.

Dada was an art movement that began in Zurich, Switzerland, during World War I and peaked from 1916 to 1922.

It began in Switzerland with the Dada Manifesto before spreading around the world.

Artists associated with it believed they could challenge the root causes of the war by shocking society with absurd and disconcerting works of art.

The influence of Dada spread throughout the world and continues to be felt today.

Dada was more a way of life than an art movement.

Dada started during World War I as an anti-war protest and carried on into the decade of cubism and abstract art, with its silly ideas, artists created their own type of art form that was completely different from anything the world had seen at that time.

Dada is an anti-war and anti-nationalist art movement that developed in Europe beginning in 1916.

They used poetry, drawings, collages, and other crafts and media. Dadaists criticized war and nationalism.

Marcel Duchamp

The best-known artist associated with this art movement is Marcel Duchamp, who designed a work of conceptual art called Fountain. The Fountain is one of the first examples of modern conceptual art.

Marcel Duchamp, Fountain, 1917; photograph by Alfred Stieglitz.

Dada is an early-20th-century international movement in art, literature, music, and film, repudiating artistic and social conventions and emphasizing the illogical and absurd.

Francis Picabia, Dame!

Illustration for the cover of the periodical Dadaphone, n. 7, Paris, March 1920.

The avant-garde art movement became internationally known, though it only started in one city (Zurich) when poet Tristan Tzara wrote a manifesto about it in 1916.

Tristan Tzara



Regia Marinho

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