Where does the name Dada come from?

The name for the artistic movement Dada was founded in Zurich in 1915 as a revolt against complacent art.

It is drawn not from an artist or a technique but from the child’s word for a parent, dada, which in French, curiously, also means “hobbyhorse.”

Whatever its origin, the name Dada is intended to be devoid of meaning.

As one of the movement’s founders, poet Tristan Tzara (1896-1963), claimed, “Like everything in life, Dada is useless.”

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