In 1920, a 25-year-old Tristan Tzara, poet and founder of Dada, gathered more than 100 works by over 40 artists in ten countries for an anthology which was to be called Dadaglobe. It was intended to be a representation of Dada’s literary and artistic production; a compilation of new and defining artworks from the likes of Man Ray, Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, and many more. Working with his peer Picabia, Tzara asked for solicitations from 50 contemporaries in four categories: photographic self-portraits, drawings, photographs of artworks, and designs for book pages, as well as literary works. The project was never realised, due to financial difficulties and group infighting, but this summer, New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) explores the incredibly ambitious endeavour with a new exhibition, entitled Dadaglobe Reconstructed.
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