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This title is Taschen 25 - Special edition! Dadaism is the absurd and unpredictable. A precursor to Surrealism, the Dada movement stressed the absurd and unpredictable, the illogical and chaotic, lashing out against traditional aesthetics and upending artistic conventions. Emerging from the artistic milieu of Zurich during World War I, it signaled a re-evaluation of art's place in the shadow of industrialized war. Jean Arp, Marcel Duchamp, and Man Ray were among the most famous proponents of Dada, creating works that dared viewers to expand their notions of what can be considered art.
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Dietmar Elger studied art history, history and literature at the University of Hamburg. In 1984/85, he was secretary in Gerhard Richter's studio, 1986-2006 curator for painting and sculpture at the Sprengel Museum Hanover. Elger organised numerous exhibitions on modern and contemporary art. He has headed the Gerhard Richter Archive at the Dresden State Art Collections since 2006. TASCHEN has published his books: Expressionism, 1999, and Dadaism, 2004.

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