Although “Dadaglobe Reconstructed” at MoMA is a magnificent project of deep-dive reclamation, the catalogue that recreates Tristan Tzara’s never-realized Dadaglobe anthology also recreates the limitations of Tzara’s original concept. The catalogue is printed as he would have done it — in black and white. I prefer seeing the works submitted to him in their original form. Francis Picabia’s “Pharmarcie Duchamp$,” for example . . .
As the curators point out, a number of contributors to the anthology took the limitations into account and sent works to accomodate black-and-white reproduction. Moreover, Tzara liked the idea that Dadaglobe was itself a transformative expression of the works. Nevertheless, give me the originals.
Due to popular command I’ve uploaded seven more photos of the artworks on exhibit. Click on the titles to have a look: