Thursday, 12 August 2010
Dada. Een geschiedenis
Van Tilt : Nijmegen, June 2010
The book Dada. A history of Hubert van den Berg drags the reader into the depths of dada and shows us its true face. Because many aspects of dada are very dada, in the past the Dadaists were more than once misunderstood and often lost in the jumble of dada. Van den Berg knows this tangle to unravel, and shows the reader the full glory and horror of dada. Dada is the mirror in which humanity could see the world in its true form, and Van den Berg helps the reader to understand what he sees. In addition, Van den Berg's book, the first Dada history of Dutch origin, offers the reader a comprehensive description of the generation, dissemination, development and finally the collapse of Dada. In Dutch.
Thursday, 14 January 2010
Angelika Hoerle. Comet of the Cologne Avant-garde
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
September 26, 2009-January 17, 2010
Angelika Fick Hoerle (1899-1923) lived hard and died young. In spite of her youth, she left a promising artistic legacy. Moving through the influences of WW I, the German Revolution and Dada, she developed artistic styles that foreshadowed Surrealism and the Cologne Progressives.
Angelika's apartment in Lindenthal, the ‘dadaheim' with its Schloemilch Verlag, was both a meeting place and the publishing house for Max Ernst's Fiat Modes and the international Dada magazine, Die Schammade. Nicknamed "Dada Angelika" by friends and dubbed the German Master of Dada by a newspaper, Angelika went on to co-found the Stupid Group and become a voice for women along with her best friend Marta Hegeman. When Angelika died of tuberculosis at 22 years of age, her brother, the artist Willy Fick, paid the back rent on the apartment where she had lived alone since the fall of 1922; he wanted to save her things. Willy Fick hid Angelika's works, and those of her politically active friends, from the National Socialists when the artists represented were labelled degenerate.
See also: Angelika Hoerle: The Comet of Cologne Dada an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).