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A European artistic and literary movement (1916-1923) that flouted conventional aesthetic and cultural values by producing works marked by nonsense, travesty, and incongruity.

[French dada, hobbyhorse, Dada, of baby-talk origin.]

Da′da·ism n.
Da′da·ist adj. & n.
Da′da·is′tic adj.
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(ˈdɑːdɑː) or


(Art Movements) a nihilistic artistic movement of the early 20th century in W Europe and the US, founded on principles of irrationality, incongruity, and irreverence towards accepted aesthetic criteria
[C20: from French, from a children's word for hobbyhorse, the name being arbitrarily chosen]
ˈDadaist n, adj
ˌDadaˈistic adj
ˌDadaˈistically adv
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(ˈdɑ dɑ)

a movement in early 20th-century art and literature whose exponents challenged established canons of art, thought, and morality through nihilist works and outrageous behavior.
[1915–20; < French: hobby horse, childish reduplication of da giddyap]
da′da•ism, n.
da′da•ist, n., adj.
da`da•is′tic, adj.
da`da•is′ti•cal•ly, adv.
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(c. 1915–23) An art movement originating in Zurich 1915, Dada (the name chosen at random) rejected accepted aesthetic values and advocated an irrational form of non-art or anti-art. Leading figures included the poet Tristan Tzara and the sculptor Jean Arp.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Dada - an informal term for a fatherdada - an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk
begetter, father, male parent - a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father); "his father was born in Atlanta"
2.dada - a nihilistic art movement (especially in painting) that flourished in Europe early in the 20th century; based on irrationality and negation of the accepted laws of beauty
art movement, artistic movement - a group of artists who agree on general principles
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A. Ndada m, dadaísmo m
B. ADJdadaísta
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n (Art) → Dada m
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Surrealism originated in the anarchic Dada movement, itself a response to disillusionment after World War I, when techniques such as collage and the reuse of found materials were adopted.
Ito ay pinahusay nang Dada movement noong 1920s upang hamunin ang tradisyunal at pormal na pag-unawa ng institusyon ng sining.
Taking an interest in art at a young age, Twombly was particularly fascinated by the Dada movement, surrealism and the art of Kurt Schwitters, Chaim Soutine and Lovis Corinth.
If you think about the '20s in Berlin, for instance, or the 1910s in Zurich, where the Dada movement was founded.
The Janahs were also inspired by Beatrice Wood, an American ceramic artist linked to the Dada Movement and Theosophy, who was a close associate of Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay of the All India Handicrafts Board, and of J.
Which US artist and photographer associated with the Dada movement worked in Paris from 1921?
Some cultural observers said the pineapple recalled Marcel Duchamp, a French artist and pioneer of the dada movement who famously turned a urinal upside down, signed it with the fake name"R Mutt" and proclaimed it art.
The author covers the initial Dada movement in Zurich after World War One, the coinciding Dada movement in New York, the Berlin Dada movement of around the same time, Dada in Cologne, Dada in Hanover, Dada in Paris, and the post-Dada, and neo Dada movements later in the twentieth century.
De Saint Phalle was associated with the French Nouveaux Realistes, a group of avant-gardists which also included Tinguely, and whose antagonism to traditional art making echoed the Dada movement.
When it first emerged, NSK quickly gained notoriety for taking the symbols of totalitarian or extreme nationalist regimes and re-appropriating them, the same way the Dada movement did in Germany in the 1920s.
A cultural movement that has its foundations in the subconscious mind and the interaction between reality and dreams, surrealism was born from the equally playful Dada movement. It has had a pervasive influence on art, film, literature, music and, most notably for our purposes, television.