Celebrating 100 years of Zurich Dadaism – Tristan Tzara and his footsteps
2016 is the 100th year since the avant-garde art movement of Dadaism was started by Romanian born Tristan Tzara and others in Zurich, Switzerland during World War I. Tzara exclaimed that “Dada means nothing,” and questioned the way of art at the time. Dadaism soon spread across the globe, from Berlin, Paris, New York, and Tokyo. In post 1960s, Neo-Dada was popularized and became the roots of contemporary art in the 21st century. In addition, Tzara moved to Paris after WWI and collaborated with celebrated artists such as Picasso, Miró, and Matisse; therefore, following the traces of Tzara unfolds rare moments in modern art. The Waseda Aizu Museum will exhibit a rare, first edition collection of original “DADA” prints, a magazine dedicated to Dadaism (Waseda University Library collection), Tristan Tzara-related first edition books (with Picasso’s lithograph, personal collection), Romanian Dada-related documents, records of Dada exhibitions from various countries 50 years ago, and prints by Shusaku Arakawa who participated in the Neo-Dada movement (entrusted to the Waseda Aizu Museum). This special exhibition is supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan.