Johannes Baader

The Author of the Book Fourteen Letters of Christ in His Home (Der Verfasser das Buches Vierzehn Briefe Christi in seinem Heim)

1920

Medium
Cut-and-pasted gelatin silver prints, cut-and-pasted printed paper, and ink on book pages
Dimensions
8 1/2 x 5 3/4" (21.6 x 14.6 cm)
Credit
Purchase
Object number
275.1937
Department
Drawings and Prints
This work is not on view.
Johannes Baader has 3 works online.
There are 14,848 drawings online.

In this photomontage, Baader presents a photograph of a domestic space in which various Dada ephemera hangs on the wall at upper left. A figure has been cut out of the center of the photograph to reveal the image of Baader's dummy exhibited at the Berlin Dada Fair in 1920. This work is, in fact, a sophisticated self-portrait of Baader in his persona as the "Oberdada," a parody of a high-ranking military figure (ex. Oberleutnant) of the Dada "troupes." The figure cut out of the upper photograph can be identified as Baader himself, as his reflection is visible in the mirror at the right edge of the cutout.

Gallery label from Dada, June 18–September 11, 2006

This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.
Tristan Tzara, Paris. Acquired from the artist, probably December 1920
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchased from the above, 1937

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