Sophie Taeuber-Arp: Dada Head

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Anne Umland

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A new title in MoMA’s One on One series, focusing on Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s Dada Head

Upon first encountering Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s Dada Head (1920), one might wonder whether it is a sculptural bust, a hat stand, or a fetish object. Indicative of her pursuit to dissipate the conventional boundaries between the applied and fine arts that existed in pre–World War II Europe, the sculpture defies categorization. The artist referred to Dada Head as a self-portrait, but rather than communicating interest in a physical, naturalistic resemblance, it is a composite of elements of art and of the everyday that interested her. At the heart of the Zurich Dada movement, Taeuber-Arp was a dancer, designer, puppeteer, sculptor, painter and writer. Dada Head existed – and still exists – as an investigation into participation across boundaries rather than within them.
A new title in MoMA’s One on One series, focusing on Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s Dada Head

Upon first encountering Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s Dada Head (1920), one might wonder whether it is a sculptural bust, a hat stand, or a fetish object. Indicative of her pursuit to dissipate the conventional boundaries between the applied and fine arts that existed in pre–World War II Europe, the sculpture defies categorization. The artist referred to Dada Head as a self-portrait, but rather than communicating interest in a physical, naturalistic resemblance, it is a composite of elements of art and of the everyday that interested her. At the heart of the Zurich Dada movement, Taeuber-Arp was a dancer, designer, puppeteer, sculptor, painter and writer. Dada Head existed – and still exists – as an investigation into participation across boundaries rather than within them.

Additional information

Weight 196 g
Dimensions 18.5 x 23 cm
Publisher name The Museum of Modern Art
Publication date 25 October 2019
Number of pages 48
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 18.5 x 23 cm
Weight 196 g
Anne Umland is a Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York