Dada Africa, the exhibition at Paris Musée de l’Orangerie

The Musée de l’Orangerie, located in the Tuileries gardens, hosts a cross-disciplinary exhibition called “Dada Africa, Non-Western Sources and Influences”. From October 18, 2017 to February 19, 2018, it explores the relationship between the Dada movement and African, Amerindian and Asian arts.

Dada Africa is an exhibition displayed from October 18, 2017 to February 19, 2018 at the Musée de l'Orangerie about the Dadaist movement that rejected the art of the early 20th century. Created in Germany during WWI, Dada laughed at bourgeois propriety and decided to play on the unexpected. Among the references, art came from non-western countries especially drew attention.

Exposition DADA au Musée de l'Orangerie - au centre, Nu sur fond rouge, Pablo Picasso, 1905

Exposition DADA au Musée de l'Orangerie - Adorateur, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, 1917

They looked at and collected African, Amerindian and Asian works of art. These works are synonyms of freedom since they were away from European standards and traditions. Their exotic forms looked strange and they were a new repertoire that can be used for paintings, sculptures and even in the lifestyle of the dada artists thanks to unique performances.

Exposition DADA au Musée de l'Orangerie - Archange prussien, Isabel Kork et Michael Sellmann d'après Rudolf Schlichter et John Heartfield (1920), 1988

Exposition DADA au Musée de l'Orangerie

Exposition DADA au Musée de l'Orangerie

The Musée de l’Orangerie presents a selection of foreign works that inspired them along with Dadaist objects by Jean Arp, Sophie Taueber-Arp (picture hereinabove), Tristan Tzara, Man Ray, Picabia… we discover a protest art but full of new offers (dance, sound poetry, puppets, dolls…) but evolving around a colonial background.

Practical information:
Dada Africa
At the Musée de l’Orangerie
From October 18, 2017 to February 19, 2018
Open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (excluding on Tuesday)
Regular rate: €9
Reduced rate: €6.50

Elodie D.
Last updated on 17 October 2017

Practical information

Opening Time
From 18 October 2017 to 19 February 2018



    Jardin Tuileries
    75001 Paris 1

    M° Concorde

    tarif réduit: 6,5 €
    tarif plein: 9 €

    Recommended age
    For all

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