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In 1916, as global struggle I raged round them, a gaggle of bohemians amassed at a small nightclub in Zurich, Switzerland for a sequence of unusual performances. 3 readers at the same time recited a poem in 3 languages; a monocle-wearing youngster played a spell from New Zealand; one other younger guy flung bits of papier-mâché into the air and stuck them into position the place they landed. the sort of artists known as the periods “both buffoonery and a requiem mass.” quickly they'd be recognized by way of a extra evocative identify: Dada.

In Destruction was once My Beatrice, modernist pupil Jed Rasula offers the 1st narrative historical past of the emergence, decline, and legacy of Dada, exhibiting how this unusual creative phenomenon unfold throughout Europe after which the area within the wake of the good battle, essentially reshaping glossy tradition in methods we’re nonetheless suffering to appreciate today.

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