Special Exhibition Image Gallery: Dada at MoMA - Cologne

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Typical Vertical Mess as Depiction of the Dada Baargeld, 1920

© 2006 Kunsthaus Zürich; Used with permission.
Johannes Theodor Baargeld (Alfred Emanuel Ferdinand Greunwald; German, 1892-1927). Typical Vertical Mess as Depiction of the Dada Baargeld, 1920. © Kunsthaus Zürich, Graphische Sammlung

June 18 to September 11, 2006 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

The first major museum exhibition in the United States to focus exclusively on the brief but hugely influential movement, Dada surveys the six principal cities in which its artists worked between 1916 and 1924. This exhibition represents nearly fifty artists in over 400 pieces including paintings, collage, photomontage, readymade constructions, photographs and printed matter.

Cologne was under British occupation from 1918 to 1926. In this International atmosphere of strictly imposed order and censorship, Max Ernst and company protested order, tradition and hierarchy by way of exploring a collective psyche filled with "subconscious" imagery containing incongruous juxtapositions and references to amputated limbs. The Cologne section of Dada amply illustrates that Surrealism would later owe that city's Dada artists (and Ernst, in particular) quite an inspirational debt.

To view any of the other five galleries, please see the Dada at MoMA index page.

About the Show:

Cologne was under British occupation from 1918 to 1926, essentially just about as long as Dada lasted as a movement. In this International atmosphere of strictly imposed order and censorship, Max Ernst and company protested order, tradition and hierarchy by way of exploring a collective psyche. An awfully troubled post-war collective psyche, in fact, and one filled with "subconscious" imagery containing incongruous juxtapositions and references to amputated limbs. The Cologne section of Dada amply illustrates that Surrealism would later owe that city's Dada artists (and Ernst, in particular) quite an inpsirational debt.

The first major museum exhibition in the United States to focus exclusively on the brief but hugely influential movement, Dada surveys the six principal cities in which its artists worked between 1916 and 1924. This exhibition represents nearly fifty artists in over 400 pieces including paintings, collage, photomontage, readymade constructions, photographs and printed matter.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York is the third and final venue for Dada, seen previously at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., from February 19 to May 14, 2006 and in its first, slightly variational form at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, from October 5, 2005 to January 9, 2006.

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"Dada" is on view from June 18 through September 11, 2006 at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019-5497 (Telephone: 212.708.9400; Website). The museum is open Wednesdays through Mondays from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM; Fridays from 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM. It is closed on Tuesdays. Admission to MoMA is $20 for adults; $16 for seniors, 65 and over with I.D.; $12 for full-time students with current I.D.; and free for members and children ages 16 and under. Target Free Friday Nights occur from 4:00-8:00 PM.

Full Image Caption:

Johannes Theodor Baargeld
(Alfred Emanuel Ferdinand Greunwald; German, 1892-1927)
Typical Vertical Mess as Depiction of the Dada Baargeld
(Typische Vertikalklitterung als Darstellung des Dada Baargeld), 1920
Photomontage
14 5/8 x 12 3/16 in. (37.1 x 31 cm)
Kunsthaus Zürich, Graphische Sammlung
© 2006 Kunsthaus Zürich. All rights reserved.

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1 Copper Sheet 1 Zinc Sheet 1 Rubber Cloth, ca. 1920

© 2006 Max Ernst / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Max Ernst (French, born Germany, 1891-1976). 1 Copper Sheet 1 Zinc Sheet 1 Rubber Cloth... or Two Ambiguous Figures, ca. 1920. © Collection Michael and Judy Steinhardt; Max Ernst / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP

Max Ernst (French, born Germany, 1891-1976). 1 Copper Sheet 1 Zinc Sheet 1 Rubber Cloth... or Two Ambiguous Figures, ca. 1920.

About the Show:

Cologne was under British occupation from 1918 to 1926, essentially just about as long as Dada lasted as a movement. In this International atmosphere of strictly imposed order and censorship, Max Ernst and company protested order, tradition and hierarchy by way of exploring a collective psyche. An awfully troubled post-war collective psyche, in fact, and one filled with "subconscious" imagery containing incongruous juxtapositions and references to amputated limbs. The Cologne section of Dada amply illustrates that Surrealism would later owe that city's Dada artists (and Ernst, in particular) quite an inspirational debt.

The first major museum exhibition in the United States to focus exclusively on the brief but hugely influential movement, Dada surveys the six principal cities in which its artists worked between 1916 and 1924. This exhibition represents nearly fifty artists in over 400 pieces including paintings, collage, photomontage, readymade constructions, photographs and printed matter.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York is the third and final venue for Dada, seen previously at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., from February 19 to May 14, 2006 and in its first, slightly variational form at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, from October 5, 2005 to January 9, 2006.

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"Dada" is on view from June 18 through September 11, 2006 at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019-5497 (Telephone: 212.708.9400; Website). The museum is open Wednesdays through Mondays from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM; Fridays from 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM. It is closed on Tuesdays. Admission to MoMA is $20 for adults; $16 for seniors, 65 and over with I.D.; $12 for full-time students with current I.D.; and free for members and children ages 16 and under. Target Free Friday Nights occur from 4:00-8:00 PM.

Full Image Caption:

Max Ernst (French, born Germany, 1891-1976)
1 Copper Sheet 1 Zinc Sheet 1 Rubber Cloth
(1 kupferblech 1 zinkblech 1 gummituch)
or Two Ambiguous Figures (Deux figures ambigues), ca. 1920
Goache, watercolor, ink, pencil, and ink inscription on
page of teaching aid catalogue illustrating science equipment
9 1/2 x 6 9/16 in. (24.2 x 16.7 cm)
Collection Michael and Judy Steinhardt, New York
© 2006 Max Ernst / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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The Punching Ball or the Immortality of Buonarroti, 1920

© 2006 Max Ernst / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Max Ernst (French, born Germany, 1891-1976). The Punching Ball or the Immortality of Buonarroti or Max Ernst and Caesar Buonarroti, 1920. © Arnold Crane Collection, Chicago

About the Show:

Cologne was under British occupation from 1918 to 1926, essentially just about as long as Dada lasted as a movement. In this International atmosphere of strictly imposed order and censorship, Max Ernst and company protested order, tradition and hierarchy by way of exploring a collective psyche. An awfully troubled post-war collective psyche, in fact, and one filled with "subconscious" imagery containing incongruous juxtapositions and references to amputated limbs. The Cologne section of Dada amply illustrates that Surrealism would later owe that city's Dada artists (and Ernst, in particular) quite an inspirational debt.

The first major museum exhibition in the United States to focus exclusively on the brief but hugely influential movement, Dada surveys the six principal cities in which its artists worked between 1916 and 1924. This exhibition represents nearly fifty artists in over 400 pieces including paintings, collage, photomontage, readymade constructions, photographs and printed matter.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York is the third and final venue for Dada, seen previously at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., from February 19 to May 14, 2006 and in its first, slightly variational form at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, from October 5, 2005 to January 9, 2006.

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"Dada" is on view from June 18 through September 11, 2006 at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019-5497 (Telephone: 212.708.9400; Website). The museum is open Wednesdays through Mondays from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM; Fridays from 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM. It is closed on Tuesdays. Admission to MoMA is $20 for adults; $16 for seniors, 65 and over with I.D.; $12 for full-time students with current I.D.; and free for members and children ages 16 and under. Target Free Friday Nights occur from 4:00-8:00 PM.

Full Image Caption:

Max Ernst (French, born Germany, 1891-1976)
The Punching Ball or the Immortality of Buonarroti
(the punching ball ou l'immortalité de buonarroti)
or Max Ernst and Caesar Buonarroti
(max ernst et caesar buonarroti), 1920
Photomontage, gouache, and ink on photograph
6 15/16 x 4 1/2 in. (17.6 x 11.4 cm)
© Arnold Crane Collection, Chicago
© 2006 Max Ernst / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Photo © Michael Tropea

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Celebes (Célèbes) or The Elephant of Celebes. (Der Elefant von Celebes), 1921

© 2006 Max Ernst / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Max Ernst (French, born Germany, 1891-1976). Celebes (Célèbes) or The Elephant of Celebes. (Der Elefant von Celebes), 1921. © Tate, London 2006

About the Show:

Cologne was under British occupation from 1918 to 1926, essentially just about as long as Dada lasted as a movement. In this International atmosphere of strictly imposed order and censorship, Max Ernst and company protested order, tradition and hierarchy by way of exploring a collective psyche. An awfully troubled post-war collective psyche, in fact, and one filled with "subconscious" imagery containing incongruous juxtapositions and references to amputated limbs. The Cologne section of Dada amply illustrates that Surrealism would later owe that city's Dada artists (and Ernst, in particular) quite an inspirational debt.

The first major museum exhibition in the United States to focus exclusively on the brief but hugely influential movement, Dada surveys the six principal cities in which its artists worked between 1916 and 1924. This exhibition represents nearly fifty artists in over 400 pieces including paintings, collage, photomontage, readymade constructions, photographs and printed matter.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York is the third and final venue for Dada, seen previously at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., from February 19 to May 14, 2006 and in its first, slightly variational form at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, from October 5, 2005 to January 9, 2006.

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"Dada" is on view from June 18 through September 11, 2006 at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019-5497 (Telephone: 212.708.9400; Website). The museum is open Wednesdays through Mondays from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM; Fridays from 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM. It is closed on Tuesdays. Admission to MoMA is $20 for adults; $16 for seniors, 65 and over with I.D.; $12 for full-time students with current I.D.; and free for members and children ages 16 and under. Target Free Friday Nights occur from 4:00-8:00 PM.

Full Image Caption:

Max Ernst (French, born Germany, 1891-1976)
Celebes (Célèbes) or The Elephant of Celebes
(Der Elefant von Celebes), 1921
Oil on canvas
49 3/8 x 42 1/2 in. (125.4 x 107.9 cm)
Tate
Purchased 1975
© Tate, London 2006
© 2006 Max Ernst / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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The Gramineous Bicycle Garnished with Bells the Dappled Fire Damps..., ca. 1921

© 2006 Max Ernst / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Max Ernst (French, born Germany, 1891-1976). The Gramineous Bicycle Garnished with Bells the Dappled Fire Damps and the Echinoderms Bending the Spine to Look for Caresses, ca. 1921. © The Museum of Modern Art, New York

About the Show:

Cologne was under British occupation from 1918 to 1926, essentially just about as long as Dada lasted as a movement. In this International atmosphere of strictly imposed order and censorship, Max Ernst and company protested order, tradition and hierarchy by way of exploring a collective psyche. An awfully troubled post-war collective psyche, in fact, and one filled with "subconscious" imagery containing incongruous juxtapositions and references to amputated limbs. The Cologne section of Dada amply illustrates that Surrealism would later owe that city's Dada artists (and Ernst, in particular) quite an inspirational debt.

The first major museum exhibition in the United States to focus exclusively on the brief but hugely influential movement, Dada surveys the six principal cities in which its artists worked between 1916 and 1924. This exhibition represents nearly fifty artists in over 400 pieces including paintings, collage, photomontage, readymade constructions, photographs and printed matter.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York is the third and final venue for Dada, seen previously at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., from February 19 to May 14, 2006 and in its first, slightly variational form at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, from October 5, 2005 to January 9, 2006.

***************

"Dada" is on view from June 18 through September 11, 2006 at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019-5497 (Telephone: 212.708.9400; Website). The museum is open Wednesdays through Mondays from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM; Fridays from 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM. It is closed on Tuesdays. Admission to MoMA is $20 for adults; $16 for seniors, 65 and over with I.D.; $12 for full-time students with current I.D.; and free for members and children ages 16 and under. Target Free Friday Nights occur from 4:00-8:00 PM.

Full Image Caption:

Max Ernst (French, born Germany, 1891-1976)
The Gramineous Bicycle Garnished with Bells the
Dappled Fire Damps and the Echinoderms Bending
the Spine to Look for Caresses
(la biciclette graminée
garnie de grelots les grisous grivelés et les échinodermes
courbants l'échine pour quêter des caresses), ca. 1921
Gouache and ink on chromolithographic chart
29 1/4 x 39 1/4 in. (74.3 x 99.7 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Purchase, 1937
© 2006 Max Ernst / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris