Collection of DADA print material
Sheer and unrestrained, innocent joy at seeing these pieces displayed in the gallery. I found them after having walked round one wall of the exhibition, not recognising nor being impressed by much of the collection, I went to look over this glass cabinet, and wow! DADA! Spent a while looking at the contents, couldn’t translate any of it of course but felt very happy and affirming to have seen these legendary objects not only in person but in a major gallery. – did think about the display of such pieces – the glass case is a bit underwhelming in a way that you can walk right past without realising what’s inside. Very emotionally stirring for me to see – but gallery setting flat and boring – not like the environment DADA was created in. Feels like DADA has been archived, put away with care in dustless but unstirring and tepid museum cabinets – wonder what Tzara would think of this conservation.
‘La Representation’, Rene Magritte, 1937
Fleshy. Thought the frame was cool and unusual. Flesh as object- frame packaging. Makes it somewhat more confrontational.
‘Lobster Telephone’, Salvador Dali and Edward James, 1938
‘Tableau Vivant’, Dorothea Tanning, 1954
Massive painting! Loved it, kinda weird – female artist done a big piece which is cool. Cool backstory.
Dorothea Tanning display case
Loved the recipe letter. This woman seems very interesting – must research further.
Max Ernst display case