Raoul Hausmann als Tänzer [Raoul Hausmann as Dancer], 1929
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2013

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Raoul Hausmann als Tänzer [Raoul Hausmann as Dancer], 1929 1929
  • Artist Rooms
Throughout his career Sander photographed individuals and groups of people in his native Germany, classifying them according to their occupations and positions in society. This lifelong attempt to document the German people resulted in the ambitious project entitled ‘People of the 20th Century’. Raoul Hausmann was a member of the Berlin Dada group in the years after World War One, writing many key texts and editing the journal ‘Der Dada’. He also co-organised many Dada events, such as the First International Dada Fair in 1920. In his Dada activities, Hausmann purposely blurred the boundaries between the arts, including photography and dance. Here he is using Sander’s photograph to explore bodily expression.

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A radical artistic and literary movement that was a reaction against the cultural climate that supported the First World War. The Dadaists took an anti-establishment attitude, questioning art's status and favouring performance and collage over traditional art techniques. Many Dadaists went on to become involved with Surrealism.



  • Acc. No. AL00129
  • Medium Photograph on paper; modern print by Gerd Sander
  • Size 26.00 x 18.80 cm (paper 44.00 x 33.90 cm; mount: 46.00 x 36.00 cm) (framed: 48.20 x 38.20 x 3.20 cm)
  • Credit Long loan in (Artist Rooms)