Between Critique and Propaganda: The Critical Self-Understanding of Art in the Historical Avant-Garde. The Case of Dada

Stefan-Sebastian Maftei


The purpose of this study is to analyze the tenets that relate to Dada s self-understanding of art. The phenomenon Dada is notoriously difficult to describe; some critics hesitate even to use the term movement. Focusing on Dadaists reflections about the phenomenon itself, we will try to delineate a general image of the Dada in the context of the European avant-gardes of the 20-th century. We will also try to analyze the historical and political context inside which the dada phenomenon occurred. Our main focus will be on two main tenets of Dadaism: the self-critical feature of Dada’s self-image as it emerges during the main phases of its history, especially during its early phase, and the political commitment of Dada during its last phases of development.


Dada, art, Romania, Hasidism, modernity, mostmodernity, politics, critique, ideology, propaganda

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