DADA & Modernist Magazines


  • cover Derc Dada 3 As the main organ of the Dadaists in Berlin, Der Dada articulated many of the group's political and artistic convictions. It also served as a venue for some of its members first experiments with typography and collage. Raoul Hausmann edited Der Dada 1 in June 1919. Der Dada 2 in September 1919 and Der Dada 3, published by Der Malik Verlag, in April 1920, with George Grosz and John Heartfield. While Der Dada 1 is illustrated primarily with abstract woodcuts by Hausmann, the second and the third issues feature some of the Berlin Dadaists' first collages, or 'glued pictures'. The cover of Der Dada 2, for example, presentsa collage by Hausmann, made up of cut-outs from publications of his own writings, making it a self-portrait of sorts. Johannes Baader's collage, The Vision of the Big Dada in the Clouds of Heaven, shows a photographof the artist surrounded by letters, words and excerpts from newspapers and Dada ephemera [...]
  • Der Dada features many long essays in which the Berlin Dadaists promote themselves using language borrowed from advertising, war propaganda, as well as bureaucratic and religious institutions. Each issue of Der Dada is peppered with satirical and even perverse statements. Many of them are signed by the ' Central Office of Dadaism', reflecting the Berlin Dadaists' sense of independence from Zurich.
    Emily Hage, 'Der Dada', in The Dada reader. A critical anthology / edited by Dawn Ades (Tate Publishing : London 2006) 82
    N° 3 (April 1920); collection unknown


  • Der Dada
    N° 1 (June 1919) - N° 3 (April 1920)
    Edited by Raoul Hausmann (N° 1-2); Groszfield, Hearthaus, Georgemann [= Hausmann, Heartfield, Grosz] (N° 3); published by Raoul Hausmann (N° 1-2) and Malik Verlag, Berlin (N° 3)
    24-28 cm
  • Dada Global 41-43.
  • contributors
    Texts by Johannes Baader, Erwin Bloomfield, Raoul Hausmann. W. Höch, Richard Huelsenbeck, Jefim Golyscheff, Francis Picabia, Tristan Tzara.
  • Illustrations by Hans Arp, Johannes Baader, George Grosz, Raoul Hausmann, John Heartfield.


  • [online] Digital Dada Library, International Dada Archive. Availabble: all numbers.
  • [online] German Literary Expressionism Online. Journals, Yearbooks, Collections, Anthologies. Edited by Paul Raabe (W. de Gruyter : Berlin, New York 2008). Consult the brochure with the complete list [pdf].

  • [printed] Reprinted in 'Dada Germanico', in the series Documenti e periodici Dada / a cura di Arturo Schwarz. Collezione di ristampe anastatiche diretta da Massimo Carra e Giorgio de Marchis (Gabriele Mazzotta : Milano 1970). The portfolio includes Club Dada, Der Dada 1-3, Die Schammade, Dadaco (Dadaistischer Handatlas).
  • [printed] Reprinted in Dada-Zeitschriften-Reprint (Edition Nautilus : Hamburg 1978). The portfolio includes Prospekt des Verlags freie Straße [= Club Dada], Der Zeltweg, Cabaret Voltaire, Bulletin D, Der Dada 1, Der Dada 2, Der Dada 3, Dada Sinn der Welt, Dadameter [= die schammade], Calendrier 20.

  • [anthology] Emily Hage, 'Der Dada', in The Dada Reader. A Critical Anthology / edited by Dawn Ades (Tate Publishing : London 2006) 82-97.

secondary literature

  • Emily Hage
    'Der Dada', in The Dada Reader. A Critical Anthology / edited by Dawn Ades (Tate Publishing : London 2006) 82.
  • Emily Hage
    'Der Dada', in Dada (Éditions du Centre Pompidou : Paris 2005) 316.
  • Emily Hage
    New York and European Dada Art Journals, 1916-1926: International Venues of Exchange (S.l. : s.n. 2005) 185-202, 240-245.
  • Dieter Scholz
    'Der Dada', in Dieter Scholz, Pinsel und Dolch. Anarchistische Ideen in Kunst und Kunsttheorie 1840-1920 (Reimer Verlag : Berlin 1999) 352-387.
  • Christian Weikop
    'Berlin Dada and the carnivalesque: Jedermann sein eigner Fussball (1919) and Der Dada (1919-20)', in The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. Volume III: Europe 1880-1940 / edited by Peter Brooker, Sascha Bru, Andrew Thacker, and Christian Weikop (Oxford University Press : Oxford etc. 2013) 816-834. google-books