Hugo Ball

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Date of Birth February 22, 1886
Place of Birth Germany
Date of Death Sep 14, 1927 (41)
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Hugo Ball

Hugo Ball was a German author, poet, and essentially the founder of the Dada movement in European art in Zürich in 1916. Among other accomplishments, he was a pioneer in the development of sound poetry.

Born: Feb 22, 1886, Pirmasens, Germany
Died: Sept 14, 1927, Sant'Abbondio, Switzerland
Nationality: German
Known for: Poetry
Movement: Dada

About Hugo Ball

Remembered best for his famous Dada Manifesto of 1916, this German-born poet, dramatist, and biographer also penned such well-known works as Die Nase des Michelangelo (a play); 7 Schizophrene Sonette (a poetry collection); and Flight Out of Time: A Dada Diary (a memoir).

Before Fame

After completing philosophy and sociology coursework at universities in Heidelberg and Munich, Germany, Ball briefly pursued an acting career. He published one of his earliest works, a deliberately nonsensical poem titled "Karawane," in 1916.


He co-founded Zurich, Switzerland's famous Cabaret Voltaire, which was a performance venue devoted to the anarchist Dada movement.

Family Life

He grew up in a Catholic family in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, and later settled in Switzerland with his wife and fellow Dadaist, Emmy Hennings.


He wrote a 1927 biography of the acclaimed German poet Hermann Hesse.

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