Dada is the sun, Dada is the egg. Dada is the Police of the Police.

9/16/2005

Dada

Reel Rants has some Dada quotes:
“What we call Dada is a piece of tomfoolery from the void, in which all the lofty questions have become involved . . .”
—Hugo Ball

“Dada means nothing. We want to change the world with nothing.”
—Richard Huelsenbeck

“Art is dead. Long live Dada.”
—Walter Serner

“Freedom: Dada, Dada, Dada, crying open the constricted pains, swallowing the contrasts and all the contradictions, the grotesqueries and the illogicalities of life.”
—Tristan Tzara

“We do not wish to imitate nature, we do not wish to reproduce. We want to produce. We want to produce the way a plant produces its fruit, not depict. We want to produce directly, not indirectly. Since there is not a trace of abstraction in this art we call it concrete art.”
—Hans Arp

“Dada . . . wants over and over again movement: it sees peace only in dynamism.”
—Raoul Hausmann

“I wish to blur the firm boundaries which we self-certain people tend to delineate around all we can achieve.”
—Hannah Hoch

“Invest your money in Dada! Dada is the only savings bank that pays interest in the hereafter!”
—Kurt Schwitters

“Art has nothing to do with taste. Art is not there to be tasted.”
—Max Ernst

“I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste."
—Marcel Duchamp

“Dada talks with you, it is everything, it includes everything, it belongs to all religions, can be neither victory nor defeat, it lives in space and not in time.”
—Francis Picabia

“It’s not Dada that is nonsense—but the essence of our age that is nonsense.”
—The Dadaists

“What is generally termed reality is, to be precise, a frothy nothing.”
—Hugo Ball
Of course, no list of Dada quotes would be complete without this one from Richard Huelsenbeck:

"Dada is the sun, Dada is the egg. Dada is the Police of the Police."

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