Futurism and Dada Art Zane Tutterow

Dada Art

An art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th century. Developed in reaction to World War I, the Dada movement consisted of artists who rejected the logic, reason, and aestheticism of modern capitalist society, instead expressing nonsense, irrationality, and anti-bourgeois protest in their works.

Francis Picabia, Dame!

Key Figures

Key figures in the movement included Hugo Ball, Marcel Duchamp, Emmy Hennings, Hans Arp, Raoul Hausmann, Hannah Höch, Johannes Baader, Tristan Tzara, Francis Picabia, Huelsenbeck, George Grosz, John Heartfield, Man Ray, Beatrice Wood, Kurt Schwitters, Hans Richter, and Max Ernst, among others.

Marcel Duchamp, Fountain

What to Look For

Dada Art focuses on the abstract, generally rejecting the status quo of Capitalism the most countries embraced. To identify Dada Art, on must recognize the unorthodox and messy features of the art, and possibly see an anti-Capitalist metaphor hidden within the piece.


An artistic and social movement that originated in Italy in the early 20th century. It emphasized speed, technology, youth, and violence, and objects such as the car, the aeroplane, and the industrial city. Although it was largely an Italian phenomenon, there were parallel movements in Russia, England, Belgium and elsewhere.

Giacomo Balla, Abstract Speed + Sound

Key Figures

Its key figures were the Italians Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carrà, Gino Severini, Giacomo Balla, Antonio Sant'Elia, Bruno Munari, Benedetta Cappa and Luigi Russolo, the Russians Natalia Goncharova, Velimir Khlebnikov, Igor Severyanin, David Burliuk, Aleksei Kruchenykh and Vladimir Mayakovsky, the Belgian Jules Schmalzigaug and the Portuguese Almada Negreiros.

Fortunato Depero, Skyscrapers and Tunnels

What to Look For

Futurism art focuses on industry, technology, and overall advancement of society. To recognize Futurist Art, you must find art relating to skyscrapers, industry, and urbanized areas. These may be pieces from the era of Futurism.

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