Schadograph No. 11

Schadograph No. 11, gelatine silver print on light-sensitive paper, 1919

Schadograph No. 11, gelatine silver print on light-sensitive paper, 1919 © Christian-Schad-Stiftung Aschaffenburg (CSSA) / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Christian Schad was a pioneer on the path to artistic abstraction after the First World War. With his Schadographs he attempted to turn away from representation within the Dada movement.

Schadograph No. 11 was created in Geneva in 1919. It originated in the collection of the Dada theorist Tristan Tzara (1896–1963) and was able to be acquired from private holdings for the museum’s founding with the help of numerous donors. The Christian Schad Museum is up to now the only German institution possessing one of these important and rare early documents.

Its acquisition was supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media through a decree of the German Bundestag, the Cultural Foundation of the German States, the Ernst von Siemens Art Foundation, the Cultural Foundation of Lower Franconia, the Kurt Gerd Kunkel Foundation Aschaffenburg, and the Sparkasse Aschaffenburg-Alzenau.