… dada …

“At Lützowufer 13 a dada-exhibition is to be seen. Because we have no other troubles.”
With this sentence Kurt Tucholsky (Ger., Eng.) opens his short newspaper report in the Berliner Tageblatt (Ger., Eng.) from 20th of July 1920. He is not too exited about the Erste internationale Dada-Messe (Ger. only!), hosted by Dada-Marschall George Grosz (Ger., Eng.) (1893-1959), Dadasoph Raoul Hausmann (1886-1971) (Ger., Eng.) and Monteurdada John Heartfield (1891-1968) (Ger., Eng.) from 30th of June until 25th of August 1920 in the gallery of Dr.Burchard.
Tucholsky is no conservative or aggrieved bourgeois: “Ich weiß sehr genau, was die Leute wollen: die Welt ist bunt, sinnlos, prätentiös und intellektuell aufgeplustert. Das wollen sie verhöhnen, aufzeigen, verneinen, zerstören. Darüber ist durchaus zu reden.”
“I know what they want: the world is mindless and senseless, highbrowed and intellectually puffed up. They want to ridicule, show and deny this, destroy. It is worth to be discussed.” But DADA is not shocking anymore in summer 1920.
The exhibition marks the end of DADA Berlin. Of course there is a lawsuit because of defamation of the Reichswehr: Under the ceiling a sculpture by Rudolf Schlichter (Ger., Eng.) was mounted, showing “einen ausgestopften feldgrauen Soldaten mit Offiziersachelstücken und der Maske eines Schweinskopfes unter der Feldmütze” / “a stuffed German soldier of WWI with officer’s epaulets and a pig’s head under the cap”. And because of a map with drawings by George Grosz. The process endet leniently with a monetary penalty. 
Schlichter’s stuffed soldier is forgotten, but Grosz drawings are still worth to be seen. As Tucholsky puts it: “The others scratch. He kills. Other make jokes. He is serious.”

I tried to find pictures of the nine lithographies of Gott mit uns, but to no avail; maybe one has to look at the traders.

8 thoughts on “… dada …

  1. XL!
    Thank you for the pictures! My deapfelt respect and admiration – This is professional research.
    I came upon this via a small book with dada-source-texts, I had to fill a kind of “Kolumne” … and because you can rub two and two together, sooner or later (the search bot will take care of) you can find this too 🙂 Berlin of the 20s is fascinating; but dada never rooted there. I not only like, I admire Herrn Tucholsky for his use of language. For me its a kind of genealogy starting with Heine, over Fontane via Tucholsky and Mann (both brothers, Heinrich and Thomas were great) to … to whom? The people I mentioned were stylists in total command of the German language. From those who wrote and published after the war, like Boell, Grass, Kempowsky, Lenz … ach, something’s missing. I go with Arno in the heath …

    Leani Q
    Talk about Konstruktivismus and Dekonstruktivismus – 1920!

  2. xl says:

    Frau Qinan & Herr Mago: Danke!

    If I could go back and live in another time, it would be 1920s Berlin. So many cultural and political transformations, like the 1960s! Anyway, 1920s Berlin was where Marlene became Marlene!

  3. XL
    They had a very interesting theater cast there where young Marlene started.

    Leni Q
    Those days were strange. I seriously could not believe it. And did not fully understand what happened. Some years later, in the first half of the 90s, I had to go to Erfurt and other places, just a small trip of two days. I only realized that something had chanced when driving up the Thuringian forrest to the border. All the feelings were there again, I know this border I grew up there. And it was gone. Just drive through on the Bundesstrasse, today its an Autobahn going North to Berlin.
    The chances of 1989 – and the following years: Do not forget that the GDR existed for some years to come. – fundamentally affected the Eastern society, not only East Germany, but East Europe. After 1918 the whole society, ganz Deutschland, was affected and had to react and change; after 1989 only one part, the Western society for a big part felt as winner, no need to chance something … and looking at what followed under the rule of the socalled “Treuhand”, it can be described as brutal looting, affirms that a big part of the Eastern society felt as loosers. They demonstraed away the SED police-state and made a peaceful revolution. And afterwards they grabbed the D-Mark and that was that. End of the lucky spring, welcome in business world, where everything has a price tag.

    My mind? Its mostly bubbling to itself and sometimes something forms. Bubbles, obviously. 🙂

    Scarlet Blue
    I have to confess that I do not know much about Fluxus. Something to be explored …

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