Zurich celebrates Dada Centennial
The year 2016 marks the Centenary of Dadaism, an artistic movement that originated in Zurich. In celebration, the city has prepared several special events to immerse visitors in the world of Dada art. From the Kunsthaus Dadaglobe exhibition (which runs until May 1, 2016) to the Manifesta Art Festival, Europe’s nomadic Biennial of Contemporary Art, visitors will be able to explore the city’s rich history of artistic and intellectual liberalism.
Although the movement lasted only a few years and dissolved in 1924, Dada encompasses a wide range of artistic expression, making it the foundation of abstract art, sound poetry, and performance art. Through the resulting creative techniques of collage, photomontage, assemblage and ‘readymades’—produced and inspired by elements of daily life— Dadaism grew to influence later movements like Postmodernism and Surrealism.
Attending the Centennial events is a rare opportunity to learn about the fascinating and creative world of Dadaism, and the perfect time to discover the recently inaugurated Marktgasse Hotel that sits the centre of the Niederdof, Zurich’s old town. Considered to be the birthplace of the Dada movement, the Cabaret Voltaire is only a few steps away from the Marktgasse Hotel, and now operates as a wine bar, gallery, museum, and one of the venues celebrating Dadaism.
Established by Swiss entrepreneur and philanthropist Beat Curti as part of Zurich’s heritage conservation plans, the Marktgasse Hotel consists of two historically listed buildings that date as far back as 1291. The restoration process undertaken by the Basel-based firm Miller & Maranta and the interior design jointly envisioned by Kessler & Kessler and IDA 14 transformed the hotel into a contemporary venue that maintains the building’s heritage and protected elements.
Each room is unique, individually furnished with high-quality designer pieces from Cassina and Junua, and decorated with harmoniously selected retro lamps by Flos and industrial lights by Vializzuno. The rooms feature different styles, ranging from small and cosy singles to the spacious and commodious Marktgasse Suite, with some even containing heritage-protected characteristics such as stuccowork, wall panelling, and tiled stoves or columns. The Marktgasse Hotel also introduced a minimalist design, influenced by Japanese purism, Nordic minimalism, and modern Italian design.
By stripping down the formalities found in many of Zurich’s more traditional hotels, Director Olivier Gerber (who formerly ran the Four Seasons in Milan), was the architect behind the relaxing atmosphere that gives the hotel its cosy feel. The lobby, the interconnecting salon with its important collection of Dada books, and the library – which includes a large selection of books on the arts, culture, cuisine and travel – are comfortable areas with an inviting living room atmosphere that can also be reserved for business events and private functions Your Domain Name.
While staying at the hotel, enjoy the opportunity to take in the ‘Dadaglobe Reconstructed’ exhibit at the Zurich Kunsthaus. Discover the beginnings of an important artistic movement that carried a deeper meaning of revolt against the First World War and rejection of traditional views, which Tristan Tzara, one of its key founders, described as a “protest by derision and irrationality against the universal absurdity.” For the first time in Europe, Dadaglobe, Tristan Tzara’s book project from 1921, is reconstructed and displayed at the Kunsthaus. By collecting around 160 works of poetry and visual art by 40 artists from around the world, ‘Dadaglobe Reconstructed’ reunites international and separated original artworks, and actualizes one of the most important publications in the Dada movement. As an impressive anthology of artistic diversity, socio-political relevance and art-historical impact, ‘Dadaglobe Reconstructed’ includes contributions from renowned artists, such as Max Ernst, Francis Picabia, and Sophie Taeuber.
With the numerous artistic events to attend and exhibitions to see, 2016 will be an exceptional year to discover a totally creative Zurich!
For more information on:
The Marktgasse Hotel, visit: www.marktgassehotel.ch
Dada Zurich Jubilee: www.dada100zuerich2016.ch
Kunsthaus Dadablog Exhibition: www.kunsthaus.ch
Article by Jumanah Abualkhair