IC Design
IC Design at Cabaret Voltaire
Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Hans Arp
The Dada movement in Zürich began in 1916 at Cabaret Voltaire, spreading to Berlin shortly thereafter. The term anti-art, a precursor to Dada, was coined by Marcel Duchamp around 1913 when he created his first readymades. Dada, in addition to being anti-war, had political affinities with the radical left and was also anti-bourgeois. Dada activities included public gatherings, demonstrations, and publication of art/literary journals; passionate coverage of art, politics, and culture were topics often discussed in a variety of media. Man Ray, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Hans Arp, Tristan Tzara, Francis Picabia, George Grosz, Marcel Duchamp, Kurt Schwitters, Hans Richter, and Max Ernst, were key figures in the movement.
The Dada art movement was founded in the heart of Zürich's Old Town. The group was formed at Spiegelgasse 1, in the city’s “Niederdörfli” quarter, in the legendary Cabaret Voltaire To celebrate the centenary of the Dada movement, Cabaret Voltaire is staging 165 themed soirées, each in honor of one particular Dada artist. The birth of Dada is also being celebrated with a host of events, performances and exhibitions throughout Zürich. Below are some links to the festivities:

Caberet Voltaire:

Press release of the Cabaret Voltaire for the 100 years Dada festivities

100th Anniversary of Dada in Zürich

“Who's who” in Dada:

Facts about Dada:

Listing of Events:
Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Hans Arp with marionettes.© Archiv Fondation Arp, Clamart, photographer unknown.

1916-2016 : 100 Jahre Dada 100 Years of Dada

The First international Dada fair, 1920, photographer unknown. Grosz’s painting (shown left) can be seen on the wall next to the seated woman’s head.
Sophie Taeuber-Arp Hopi Indian Costumes.
Künstlerkneipe Voltaire from 2016.
George Grosz Tatlinesque diagram 1920, watercolour, pencil and ink with photomontage and collage, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.
Hugo Ball Cabaret Voltaire
Cabaret Voltaire, “A collection of artistic and literary contributions” from 1916. Click on image to download a pdf of the publication.

Punkt.@ Jasper Morrison: Thingness,
Museum für Gestaltung

An entire exhibition dedicated to the work of Jasper Morrison opened at the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich on February 11 2016. The exhibition was first shown at Le Grand Hornu in Belgium last year. We are honoured that Punkt.’s products are on show alongside an impressive selection of utilitarian design pieces from the British designer’s amazing 30 year career. Morrison says:‘Inspiration is sometimes found in the most mundane places and objects. Designing from personal experience often yields the most creative results’. The exhibition runs from February 12 to June 5 2016.

Click here to visit the Museum für Gestaltungwebsite.