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The Gallery of Miracles and Madness

Insanity, Modernism, and Hitler's War on Art

by Charlie English

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Dadaism

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Marcel Duchamp's Fountain, an upside down urinal with writing scrawled on the lower left sideIn The Gallery of Miracles and Madness, Charlie English connects the psychological effects of World War I to the evolving art scene in the early decades of the 20th century. The war not only killed upwards of 20 million people, but it also had an enormous impact on European culture in the decades after the guns fell silent in 1918. One of the most notable reactions to the war was a controversial artistic movement mocking traditional style and elevating nonsense to an art form. Called "Dada," it was founded by poet Hugo Ball in Zurich, Switzerland. Ball and other avant-garde artists from across Europe converged on the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich to form an absurdist response to the catastrophe of WWI. Springing from their disgust of the rational world order, "their aim was to destroy traditional values in art and to create a new art to replace the old," according to the Tate art gallery, as well as to promote anti-war, anti-bourgeois attitudes.

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