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My art belongs to Dada

Born 100 years ago in Switzerland, Dada was absurd, anarchic and astonishingly influential

By Kevin Jackson  

Hugo Ball (1886-1927), German dada author and poet, wearing a "cubist suit"

Read more from Kevin Jackson: The haunted summer of 1816

It was the evening of 23rd June 1916 at the Cabaret Voltaire, in Zurich. (Unless it was the evening of 14th July, at the Waag, a rented hall not far from there. Few parts of this often-told story are beyond dispute.) Hugo Ball, a skinny young German author and poet…

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