Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889-1943), Composition verticale – horizontale, 1916, Galerie Natalie Seroussi © Collection Natalie et Léon Seroussi / Photo Patrice Schmidt

Dada Africa, Non-Western Sources and Influences

Dada, a prolific and subversive art movement, first emerged in Zurich during World War I, and spread to Berlin, Paris and New York. Through their new works – sound poems, collage, and performances – the Dada artists rejected the traditional values of civilisation, while appropriating the cultural and artistic forms of Non-Western cultures such as Africa, Oceania and America.
The Musée de l’Orangerie showcases an exhibition on the exchanges with African, American Indian and Asian works alongside those of the Dadaists – Hanna Höch, Jean Arp, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Marcel Janco, Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara, Raoul Haussmann, Man Ray and Picabia, among others.
As the home of the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collection, the Musée de l’Orangerie is ideally suited to house this exhibition. Paul Guillaume, an important dealer in African art, played a leading role in the cultural encounter between the Surrealist art movement and Non-Western arts.

Exhibition organised in collaboration with the Rietberg Museum, Zurich and the Berlinische Galerie Berlin.

General curators:  
Ralf Burmeister, Head of Artists’ Archives at the Berlinische Galerie in Berlin
Michaela Oberhofer, Curator of African and Oceanic Arts at the Rietberg Museum in Zurich
Esther Tisa Francini, Head of Written Archives and Research from the Rietberg Museum in Zurich

Curators for the exhibition in Paris:  
Cécile Debray, Chief Heritage Curator, Director of the Musée de l’Orangerie
Cécile Girardeau, Curator, Musée de l’Orangerie
Assisted by Sylphide de Daranyi, Documentary Research Officer, and Valérie Loth, Research Officer, Musée de l’Orangerie

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