Seven Dada Manifestos and Lampisteries
Tristan Tzara—poet, literary iconoclast, and catalyst—was the founder of the Dada movement that began in Zürich during World War I. His ideas were inspired by his contempt for the bourgeois values and traditional attitudes towards art that existed at the time. This volume contains the famous manifestos that first appeared between 1916 and 1921 that would become the basic texts upon which Dada was based. For Tzara, art was both deadly serious and a game. The playfulness of Dada is evident in the manifestos, both in Tzara's polemic—which often uses dadaist typography—as well as in the delightful doodles and drawings contributed by Francis Picabia. Also included are Tzara's Lampisteries, a series of articles that throw light on the various art forms contemporary to his own work. Post-war art had grown weary of the old certainties and the carnage they caused. Tzara was on the cutting edge at a time when art was becoming more subjective and abstract, and beginning to reject the reality of the mind for that of the senses.
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There are some people who have said: dada is good because it isn't bad, dada is
bad, dada is a religion, dada is a poem, dada is a spirit, dada is sceptical, dada is
magic, I know dada. My dear colleagues: good bad, religion poetry, spirit ...
To amuse you once again I'll tell you something like: dada is the dictatorship of
the spirit, or dada is the dictatorship of language, or else dada is the death of the
spirit, which will please many of my friends. Friends. X It is certain that since ...
Barbara Wright translator of Arrabal, Oueneau, Robbe-Grillet, Sarraute and other
distinguished modern French writers, has once again caught the spirit and the
letter of texts that are as delightful as they are important, as provocative as they ...
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