SALON DADA, EXPOSITION INTERNATIONALE, Galerie Montaigne, Paris, 1921

Artists: Hans Arp, Louis Aragon, Johannes Theodor Baargeld, Cino Cantarelli, Serge Charchoune, Marcel Duchamp, Gala and Paul Éluard, Max Ernst, Julius Evola, Aldo Fiozzi, Théodore Fraenkel, Franton et Brekel, Walter Mehring, Benjamin Péret, Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, Jacques Rigaut, Philippe Soupault, Joseph Stella, Tristan Tzara, Jacques Vaché, un ami de St. Brice

Soirée: June 10, 1921, 8:30 p.m.

Matinées: June 18 & June 30, 3:30 p.m.

Duration: June 630, 1921

Dimensions: 26.9 x 21 cm

Medium: Invitation / Catalogue, Nr. 25 out of 600

Further Information: The Dada movement has its origin in 1917, when artists from the fighting nations have gathered in exile as a form of resistance and indifference as reaction to the First World War in the Swiss city of Zurich. The Dada movement underwent different changes throughout the five years of its existence moving from Zurich (1915-17) to Paris (1919-22), and later being taking up in Berlin. In Paris the Dada member came together in 1919 consisting of many poets such as Guillaum Apollinaire, Blaise Cendrars, Pierre Reverdy, Louis Aragon, Philippe Soupault, who started reading out loud their poems as a performative act. The international exhibition was part of the Dada Season, which started on April 14, 1921, with a visit to the church Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre. Seeking out to the broader public, the Dada group presented itself in public spaces with an anti-ideological, anti-bourgeois and anarchist attitude. The Dada Season contained different formats such as “Visits – Dada Salon – Conferences – Commemorations – Operas – Plebiscites – Summons – Accusation Orders and Judgements,” as summed up by the poet Louis Aragon (cited in Claire Biship, Artificial Hells – Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship, London: Verso Books, 2012).

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Images: Images of the invitation and all other archival documents shown on this page are part of the online collection of Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

Hans ArpMarcel DuchampMax ErnstPaul ÉluardTheo van DoesburgTristan Tzara


Theo van Doesburg facsimile WAT IS DADA published in 1923.


Richard Huelsenbeck, DADA SIEGT, Malik Verlag, 1920