Kurt Schwitters, German, 1887–1948 Theo van Doesburg, Dutch, 1883–1931 Kleine Dada Soiree (A Little Dada Soiree) 1922 Offset lithograph on paper Overall: 11 13/16 x 11 13/16 in. (30 x 30 cm Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through the William S. Rubin Fund PS.987.25 © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Kurt Schwitters, German, 1887–1948
Theo van Doesburg, Dutch, 1883–1931

Kleine Dada Soiree (A Little Dada Soiree)

1922
Offset lithograph on paper
Overall: 11 13/16 x 11 13/16 in. (30 x 30 cm
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through the William S. Rubin Fund
PS.987.25
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Kleine Dada Soiree (A Little Dada Soiree)

The work “Kleine Dada Soiree” is a poster used by Kurt Schwitters and Theo van Doesburg during there 1923 tour of Holland, a so called “Dada Campaign” that aimed to introduce local artists to Dada through a series of evening lectures and performances. Themost prominent design feature is the word “Dada,” as it is repeated in bold red letters in various orientations. A few small images are visible between the dominant letters, such as a deer’s head, an arrow, and pointing hands. This creates the visual quality of a collage or layered print. Besides the prominent word Dada a variety of slogans in different languages are used, such as: “Dada is against the future, Dada is dead, Dada is idiotic, Long live Dada!” This highlights the early claim of Dada as an international movement.