L.2013.6.26: Le Coeur à barbe: journal transparent

Le Coeur à barbe: journal transparent, Paris: 1922

Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University (SAX Rare Books, NX600.D3 C594)
One of the most significant avant-garde movements of the twentieth century, Dada was born as a reaction to the First World War and deployed various media in a vehement attack against art, bourgeois society, rationality, and even modernity itself. While performance, sound poetry, collage, and readymades were also strategies explored by Dadaist artists, the magazine proved to be a privileged medium that materialized both Dada’s international existence and its investment in ephemeral artistic practices. The cover of Le Coeur à barbe (The Heart of the Beard) is an iconic image of the Dada aesthetic, where old-fashioned engravings are combined with words to create visual puns and unpredictable associations.