Humour gets a brief look-in in Jean-Marc Maura's paper on Andre Breton and Tristan Tzara
, and their cults of African and Oceanian art.
Florentin Smarandache:--Unii comentatori ma vad ca pe un continuator al unor Tristan Tzara
, Urmuz, Adrian Maniu, Jacques Prevert, Eugen Ionesco, ca as practica o arta a absurdului, ca as fi un exorcist al ideii de literatura!
When you type in www.geocities.com/ateliermp up comes a black screen with the heading Archive-Grotto, a picture of a rococo, grottesque [subs sic.] architectural detail and the immortal words underneath 'Knowledge, knowledge, knowledge Boomboom, boomboom, boomboom' attributed to Tristan Tzara
and dated 1918.
Rave reviews are in for Travesties, Tom Stoppard's ingenious reimagining of history, placing Tristan Tzara
, Vladimir Lenin and James Joyce all together in a Zurich library.
Prize for Most Ironic Headline Juxtaposition.
Likening the atmosphere of Tristan Tzara
's scandalous Revue Dada to the electricity of the crowd listening to jazz in the Casino de Paris, Cocteau observed that "If one accepts jazz bands (whose ancestor is our own honest-to-goodness one-man band), one must also accept a literature which the mind can sip like a cocktail." Reading the Dadaists from the nineties' armchair is in fact a lot like drinking Campari or Pernod: the wry pleasures of the experience are more available when one has visualized a milieu in which the activity has a social meaning - but the vibration and the colors are potent, in any case.
The first exhibition, 'Dadaglobe Reconstructed' (until 1 May), gathers together works that Tristan Tzara
intended to make into an anthology in 1921.
The show begins by situating Delaunay's interest in color as rhythm within the milieu of the early avant-garde, presenting water-colors of the artist's robe-poemes--dresses adorned with text by Tristan Tzara
, among others, that were worn to Dada soirees--alongside her best-known project, La prose du Transsiberien et de la petite Jehanne de France, 1913.