Collection on Dada

Collection on Dada

Collection Overview

Guggenheim Archives
Collection on Dada
1916-1976 (bulk 1956-1966)
0.8 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
The collection on Dada was assembled by the Guggenheim library staff circa the 1970s for use as a research tool. In February of 1916, Hugo Ball founded a literary cabaret/nightclub in a bar called the Meierei in Zurich, Switzerland. Ball called his gathering the Cabaret Voltaire, which almost immediately attracted a group of artists, writers, musicians, and thinkers who formed the Dada movement. In the Dada Manifesto Tristan Zara described Dada as "…a protest with the fists of its whole being engaged in destructive action…." The group was devoted, not only to performances and exhibitions, but to publication of poems, stories, essays, and songs. Around the same time, groups of artists, writers, and musicians in other countries and cities, including New York, had similar ideas and an international artistic movement was born.
The collection on Dada documents a selection of the history of Dada from 1916 until 1976. This collection contains exhibition invitations, fliers, posters, performance programs, newspaper and magazine clippings, and reproductions of Dada publications. This small yet comprehensive collection highlights events in New York, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Munich, Paris, Geneva, and Zurich between 1966 and 1976. The subjects of the newspaper and magazine clippings center on Dada and Neo-Dada. An original copy of Paul Dermée's Dada magazine Z1 is also included in the collection.
Collection is primarily in English.
Arranged in one alphabetical sequence by country, format, and title.
The collection is unrestricted.
Publication Rights:
Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Library and Archives.
Preferred Citation:
Collection on Dada. A0066. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, New York, NY.
Arp, Hans, 1887-1966
Brancusi, Constantin, 1876-1957
Breton, André, 1896-1966
Dermée, Paul
Ernst, Max, 1891-1976
Huelsenbeck, Richard, 1892-1974
Janco, Marcel, 1895-1984
Richter, Hans, 1888-1976
Sidney Janis Gallery
Tzara, Tristan, 1896-1963
Éluard, Paul, 1895-1952


Motherwell, Robert. 1951. The Dada painters and poets; an anthology. New York: Wittenborn, Schultz.
Richter, Hans. 1965. Dada: art and anti-art. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Folder List

42571Amsterdam: Invitation: Dada in Drachten 1972
42572Brochure: Dada II: Dossier Critique, Université de Nice undated
42573Flier: Excursions Visits Dada undated
42574Dada Peintures Dessins 1964
42575Exposition Retrospective Dada 1916-1922, Paris 1957
505113Magazine: Z1 1920 March
42576Newspaper and Magazine Clippings 1957, 1961
42577Book: C. Brancusi: Atteindre un Nouveau Plan de las Réalité 1947
42578Magazine: Proverbe 1920-1921
42579Invitation: Dada Film, Düsseldorf 1958
425710Magazine Clipping: Dada-unmessbar: Zur Ausstellung Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Amsterdam 1958
6912372Poster: Dada in der Kunsthalle Nürnberg 1968
425711Reproduction: Brochure: Fotomontage Galerie Gerd Rosen, Berlin 1946
505114Italy: Magazine Clipping: Domus 410: Il Dada e morto viva il Dada 1964
425712Invitation: Dada, La Galerie Krugier Cie, Geneva 1966 February
425713La Première Aventure Céléste de Mr. Antipyrine 1916
425714Phantastische Gebete circa 1920
United States
425715Flier: Dada '291'-1924, Noah Goldowsky Gallery, New York 1969
425716Invitation: Dada Sioreé, New York 1976
425717Newspaper and Magazine Clippings 1957-1974
6912373Poster: Dada 1916-1923, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York 1953
425718Reproduction: Magazine Clipping undated