Dada and Surrealism in Central and Eastern Europe

Fijalkowski, Krzysztof (1999) Dada and Surrealism in Central and Eastern Europe. In: A Companion to Dada and Surrealism. John Wiley & Sons, UK. ISBN Print ISBN: 9781118476185 Online ISBN: 9781118476215


This chapter deals first with Dada, then with Surrealism, and in each case considers examples country by country. The reception of Dada in territories such as the USSR, Georgia, and the Ukraine are a case in point. While individuals and groups here adopted the word as a label only occasionally, deeper trends around play, humor, iconoclasm, rebellion, and the absurd manifested themselves repeatedly in progressive literature, art, and typography, predating Dada proper but also outliving it by many years. Surrealist activity in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes was in effect confined to a single location, Belgrade in Serbia. Of all of the Central and Eastern European territories, perhaps Yugoslavia can lay clearest claim to a place in the mainstream history of Dada. Czechoslovak Surrealism traces its origins to indigenous sources as well as external influence.

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