Crisis and the Arts: The History of Dada: The Low Countries

  • Volume 7
  • Hubert F. Van Den Berg
  • Published By:
  • ISBN-10: 0816173869
  • ISBN-13: 9780816173860
  • DDC: 700.9
  • Shipping Weight: 1.35 lbs ( .61 kgs)
  • 450 Pages | Print | Hardcover
  • © 2003 | Published



In examining Dada in the Low Countries, Hubert van den Berg is faced with a complex situation that as much critiqued as embraced Dada. Largely an individual affair, and lacking the community "center" of Dada in Zurich, Berlin. And the other Dada "capitals," van den Berg focuses equally on Dada's reception and on its exercise. Primarily a case of selective appropriation, Dada in the Low Countries nevertheless possessed an international reach, achieved in the relationships it posed between Dada and the Post-World War I Constructivist International and De Stijl. For the author, Dada in Belgium and the Netherlands is less a case of its "story" than of specific cases of its "use." The involvement of Clement Pansaers, Paul van Ostaijen, Theo van Doesburg, and German artist Kurt Schwitters figure prominently in the historical mapping of van den Berg's complex and elusive subject.


"This highly praised essay series attempts a reevaluation of the Dada movement by applying recent scholarship to well recorded events. The series is organized according to geographical locales, but the volumes are uneven in quality and usefulness...Because of its outstanding collections of illustrations and its overview of the intellectual scene in this most central of cities, volume 6 in this series provides a service to the scholarly community, particularly lower and upper division undergraduates, and to general readers." -- Choice (March 2002)

— Choice