European artists in exile in Switzerland responded to the First World War's unparalleled cruelty with nonsense. There were no words for the senseless killing, so they invented a new one: Dada.
Dada was born in Zurich in 1916 and used absurdity to take on the insanity of the First World War. Arts.21 on the avant-garde movement and Dada's continuing impact today.
A century ago, international artists and writers met in Zurich to form a new movement, Dadaism. Their anti-art was a response to an ever-present issue: the madness of war.
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