The 23rd June 1916, at the Cabaret Voltaire, in Zurich, a man, Hugo Ball, clad in a bizarre ‘cubist’ costume, climbs on stage and recites an incomprehensible poem that nonetheless makes the whole room laugh hysterically: Dada was born. While thousands of men are fighting and dying in the First World War’s trenches, a group of individuals decides to reject traditional society and art as Tristan Tzara reveals: ‘We need strong, straight and precise artworks, for ever ill appreciated.’ Behind the gag-like aspect of the project, there is a real aim to accuse the war, responsible for the collapse of civilisations and culture. Celebrating a complete freedom of art, the Dada, should it be Hans Arp, Francis Picabia or Man Ray, creates and deconstructs playful and ironic pieces that reject common aesthetic standards. The extravagant and strong personalities that compose the Dada group soon establish themselves and their ideas outside Europe and in particular, New York where Marcel Duchamp impresses audiences with his Fountain. Obviously, Dada has its ennemies that reject their anarchy as well as their liberated creativity and lifestyles but the movement managed to overcome critics and even when it ceased, it lived on thanks to the Surrealism and all those revering eccentricity.