Dada was an artistic and literary movement that began in Zürich, Switzerland. It arose as a reaction to World War I and the nationalism that many thought had led to the war.
What is Dadaism movement?
Dadaism was a movement with explicitly political overtones – a reaction to the senseless slaughter of the trenches of WWI. It essentially declared war against war, countering the absurdity of the establishments descent into chaos with its own kind of nonsense.
Why it is called Dadaism?
This new, irrational art movement would be named Dada. It got its name, according to Richard Huelsenbeck, a German artist living in Zurich, when he and Ball came upon the word in a French-German dictionary. “Dada is yes, yes in Rumanian, rocking horse and hobby horse in French,” he noted in his diary.