Theo van Doesburg, Kurt Schwitters. Kleine Dada Soirée. 1922

Theo van Doesburg with Kurt Schwitters Kleine Dada Soirée 1922

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Schwitters and the Dutch artist Theo van Doesburg embarked on a tour of Holland to introduce Dada to local artists and the public through lectures and performances. Van Doesburg’s pamphlet "Wat is Dada?" was for sale at the close of each stop. The poster for the Small Dada Evening includes the event program, which lists ragtime music by the composer Erik Satie, abstract poetry by Schwitters, and "Dadasofie" by Doesburg. The poster is decorated with multi-lingual slogans including: "Dada est contre le futur, Dada est mort, Dada est idiot, vive Dada!" ("Dada is against the future, Dada is dead, Dada is idiotic, Long live Dada!")

Gallery label from Dada, June 18–September 11, 2006.
Additional text

This mulit-lingual poster includes the event program, which lists ragtime music by the composer Erik Satie, abstract poetry by Schwitters, and "Dadasofie" by Doesburg.

Gallery label from Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye, November 15, 2014–January 17, 2016.
Collaborating artist
Kurt Schwitters
11 7/8 x 11 7/8" (30.2 x 30.2 cm)
Gift of Philip Johnson
Object number
Architecture and Design

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