n. A cultural movement that began in neutral Zürich, Switzerland, during World War I and peaked from 1916 to 1920, which involved visual arts, literature (poetry, art manifestos, art theory), theatre, and graphic design, which concentrated its anti-war politic through a rejection of the prevailing standards in art through anti-art cultural works.
n. a nihilistic art movement (especially in painting) that flourished in Europe early in the 20th century; based on irrationality and negation of the accepted laws of beauty [syn: dada]
Usage examples of "dadaism".
Unlike the art school of Dadaism, which, despite the "dada" part of the word, has nothing to do with fathers, or "daddies," the new art school of Dungism - for that's what I call it - does have to do with dung.
At some point in his development he had come under the influence of Dadaism, Surrealism, and Ultimate Googooism.
He had a book from the library on how to understand modem art, and on Saturday afternoon he was coping with Dadaism in chapter nine, and chewing on a pipeful of unlighted tobacco, when an imperative wail sounded outside his door.