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Dada

Dada, artistic movement born in Zurich and later spreading to New York, Berlin, and Paris, 1915–22. The poet Tristan Tzara (Vingtcinque Poèmes, 1918), the artists Jean Arp (Two Heads, 1929) and Marcel Duchamp (Why Not Sneeze, Rose Sélavy?, 1921), and the writers Hugo Ball and Richard Huelsenbeck were deliberately provocative Dadaists, aiming at the destruction of aesthetic preconceptions. Favorite techniques of Dada included nonsense poetry, collage, anarchic typography, and outrageous theater events.

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