Dadaglobe Reconstructed

Jun 12–Sep 18, 2016

MoMA

Francis Picabia. Tableau Rastadada. 1920. Cut-and-pasted printed paper on paper with ink, 7 1⁄2 × 6 3⁄4″ (19 × 17.1 cm). Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (by exchange), 2014. © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
  • MoMA, Floor 2

Dadaglobe Reconstructed reunites over 100 works created for Dadaglobe, Tristan Tzara’s planned but unrealized magnum opus, originally slated for publication in 1921. An ambitious anthology that aimed to document Dada’s international activities, Dadaglobe was not merely a vehicle for existing works, but served as a catalyst for the production of new ones. Tzara invited some 50 artists from 10 countries to submit artworks in four categories: photographic self-portraits, photographs of artworks, original drawings, and layouts for book pages. The exhibition brings together these photographs, drawings, photomontages, and collages, along with a selection of related archival material, to reconstruct this volume. Though never published, due to financial and organizational difficulties, Tzara’s project addresses concerns about art’s reproducibility that continue to be relevant today.

The exhibition is organized by Kunsthaus Zürich in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art, New York, with the special participation of the Bibliothèque littéraire Jacques Doucet.

Organized at MoMA by Adrian Sudhalter, Guest Curator, and Samantha Friedman, Assistant Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints.

The presentation at MoMA is supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

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