Dadaglobe Reconstructed

Dadaglobe Reconstructed

Conceived by Tristand Tzara in 1921, reconstructed and published for the first time 2016 to mark the Dada-centenary: the Dada-movement's vast multi-lingual anthology.


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Title Information

Edited by Kunsthaus Zürich. Contributions by Adrian Sudhalter, Michel Sanouillet, Cathérine Hug, Samantha Friedman, Lee Ann Daffner, and Karl D. Buchberg

1st edition

, 2016


304 pages, 277 color and 113 b/w illustrations

20 x 25.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-775-4


Dadaglobe was to be the definitive anthology of the Dada movement. Had it been published in 1921 as planned, it would have constituted more than one hundred artworks by some thirty artists from seven countries, showing Dada to be an artistic and literary movement with truly global reach. Yet, mainly due to a lack of funding, it remained unpublished, leaving a remarkable void in the literature on this early twentieth-century movement.

On the one-hundredth anniversary of the founding of Dada in Zurich and published in conjuction with exhibitions at Kunsthaus Zürich and New York's Museum of Modern Art, Dadaglobe Reconstructed restores this fascinating literary artifact with reproductions of the works of art received for the original book by the Romanian poet and cofounder of the Dada movement Tristan Tzara. Tzara’s call for submissions in four categories—drawings, photographs of artworks, photographic self-portraits, and book layouts—was met not merely with existing works. In fact, the parameters for production also served as a catalyst for the creation of many new ones, including some of the Dada movement’s most iconic works. For the first time, the collection is presented here in full color and alongside essays examining Tzara’s concept and the history of Dada and Dadaglobe.

Based on years of extensive research by American scholar Adrian Sudhalter, Dadaglobe Reconstructed provides a remarkable view of Dada, with a wealth of previously unpublished material. It will be essential—and fascinating—reading for anyone interested in the first truly international avant-garde movement.


Named one of the Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2016.


Designed by Norm, Zurich.


Deutsche Ausgabe

Authors & Editors

Karl D. Buchberg

 is Senior Conservator am Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Lee Ann Daffner

 is a photography conservator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Samantha Friedman

 is Assistant Curator at the Museum of Modern Art's Department of Drawings and Prints, New York.

Cathérine Hug

, born 1978, studied Art History, Computer Science and Communication at the University of Zurich. She is a curator at Kunsthaus Zürich since 2013. Before this she worked as a curator at Kunsthalle Wien 2008–13.

Michel Sanouillet

  (1924–2015), art historian, is the author of the book Dada à Paris. He taught at University of Toronto 1950–69, Université de Reims 1969–71 and Université de Nice from 1971, where he was appointed Dean of the Department of Civilisations in 1983.

Adrian Sudhalter

 is an art historian and curator and has researched and published widely on Dada. She has done her PhD at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. She worked on the major Dada exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York (2005–06) and co-edited the volume Dada in the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art (2008), and was a member of the curatorial team for the exhibition Bauhaus: Workshops for Modernity at MoMA in 2009–10.