Art: The Good Old Dada Days

In Europe's art centers in the gay and bitter years just after World War I. there was nothing quite like the determinedly disorderly young men who called themselves dadaists.* Whatever anyone else admired, they despised; whatever anyone else believed in, they mocked. They were deliberately incomprehensible, studiedly outrageous, and they pledged themselves to respect nothing, not even themselves.

Dadaist dancers performed motionless dances; poets recited poems such as Grim glim gnim bimbim grim glim gnim bimbim . . .

bum bimbim bam bimbim . . .

o be o be o be o be.

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