From an aesthetical point of view, I have been never much attracted to Dadaism although, at the same time, it has succeeded in drawing my attention to this artistic movement, mainly due to its irreverent and combative character and to its willingness to experiment. I need to point out that even the world’s leading experts cannot agree in either defining Dadaism or giving the clues to know what is Dada or not.
It is clear that an anti-war and rebellious movement should have arisen during Great War (WWI) and that it had to be accepted in Russia as the official avant-garde movement of the Revolution. The national Museum of Art “Reina Sofia” (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia) is showing, once again, a great exhibition, so really didactical, with a pretty nice setup, displaying all the Dada particulars and its influence in all matters during these few turbulent years: painting, cinema, graphic design, scenery, music and poetry.
This wonderful exhibition is also a good reason to watch the works by some main Russian artists, more or less related to Dadaism, such as Natalia Goncharova, El Lisitzki, Kazimir Malevich, Olga Rozanova or Mijail Larionov.