Zurich - Exhibition

Obsession Dada

Cabaret Voltaire

05 Feb 201612 May 2016

The 5th of February 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of Cabaret Voltaire. To celebrate the first century of Dadaism there will be a sequence of 165 holidays and a manifestation of their obsession with the art movement known as Dada. Focussing on a ritualised approach to the three subjects of dadalogy, academy and art, the Cabaret Voltaire of today will be transformed into the legendary artists’ haunt and cultural venue it used to be 100 years ago. Right on time for the 100th anniversary, Cabaret Voltaire’s crypt will open with the exhibition entitled Obsession Dada, co-curated by Adrian Notz and Una Szeemann, based on documents from the archives of the late great curator Harald Szeemann.

For Obsession Dada, documents about his “Museum of Obsessions” and “Agency for Spiritual Guest Work” will be published. “I see this show as an expedition towards the many intentions of obsession. And on this journey I encounter many wonderful islands“, says Una Szeemann. An extensive installation, conceived by Una Szeemann in collaboration with Markus Kummer, will create a stage for obsessions in the shape of weekly performances, readings and manifestos. Starting on 5th February 2016 will be the Lu Cafausu Collective, followed by Oppy De Bernardo & Aldo Mozzini, Garrett Nelson, Domenico Billari, Thomas Hirschhorn, Marcel Janco, Carlos Amorales, Michele Robecchi, Gianni Motti, Shana Lutker, Nedko Solakov, Pilar Albarracin, Lily Reynaud Dewar, Grupo EmpreZa, Giovanni Morbin, Königreiche von Elgaland-Vargaland (KREV) and many more.


Una Szeemann

Special Events

Destination: Zurich
Where: Cabaret Voltaire
Type: Opening

Obsession Dada: Documents from Harald Szeemann’s archive
Weekly soirées with contemporary artists

Destination: Zurich
Where: Cabaret Voltaire
Type: Opening

165 Holidays: Daily offices at 6.30 am, 5 February to 18 July 2016
Soirées at 8.00 pm (Sun 5.00 pm)

Contacts & Details

mon, tue, wed, thu 5:30 pm - 12:00 am; fri, sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am; sun 11:30 am - 11:00 pm


T: +41 043 268 57 20 M: info@cabaretvoltaire.ch W: Cabaret Voltaire
Spiegelgasse 1 Zurich, CH-8001 Switzerland