February, 1916 Zurich: Mr Hugo Ball announces the beginning of the Dada Anti-Art movement by reciting a nonsensical poem entitled “Karawane” to a bewildered public.
The poem begins: “gadji beri bimba / glandridi lauli lonni cadori….” A photograph of Hugo shows him dressed in his ‘sorcerer’s outfit’ – a cardboard cylinder, a cardboard hat and trousers, wings and oversized lobster claw gloves.
February, 2018 Maitland – 102 years later : Hugo himself, dressed in the same attire, features in a series of digital paintings that pay homage to many of the world’s best known artists – among them Vermeer, Mondrian, Degas and Caravaggio. In these works the Anti-Art movement threatens to come full circle – ironically with Hugo as the fulcrum.
3 February – 29 April 2018
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