Dada South
By Scott Martin
posted: 01-14-10
Hannah Hoch, Abduction
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Zurich, Berlin, Koln, Paris, New York ... Cape Town. The ambit of dada defied easy geographical classification as well as artistic convention and authoritarian politics, sometimes emerging half a century and half a world away from its Swiss origins. To explore dada's influence on South African "resistance art" and, in turn, echoes of non-Western art on the dadas themselves, the Iziko South African Art Gallery in Cape Town has collected works from the usual suspects (including Sophie Täuber-Arp, Hans Arp, Hans Richter, George Grosz, Raoul Hausmann, Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray) with dada-tinged art from the anti-apartheid movement.

In addition to being one of the first comprehensive dada exhibits in South Africa, the show serves as a rare showcase for the often ethnographically oriented collages of Berlin dada Hannah Höch. South African artists with works on display include Lucas Seage, Neil Goedhal, Jane Alexander and contemporary names like Robin Rhode, Moshekwa Langa, Nicholas Hlobo, Christain Nerf and Donna Kukama.

(Through February 28. More detail at


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