5 July 2024 – 12 January 2025
Whether as performers, poets, or painters, women shaped Dada in fundamental ways. Despite their crucial impact in Zurich, Paris, Berlin, and New York, Dada women have long been overshadowed by their male colleagues.
Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Emmy Hennings, Hannah Höch and many other women were essential protagonists of the most subversive art movement of the 20th century. In contrast to the self-declared founding fathers of Dada, however, they were quickly consigned to oblivion. In their works, they thematized identity and sexuality, and questioned bourgeois norms. At the same time, male artists explored new concepts of masculinity, detached from traditional paradigms and despite the militarism of the time. Together they contributed to the permeability of gender roles.
For the first time, this wide-ranging exhibition presents the complex contribution of women to Dada and shows the liberatory striving toward emancipation. Contemporary artworks, illustrate the movement’s continuing impact up to the present day.