/// melchior vischer

2. Vischer, Prague 1922Born in Teplitz-Schönau (modern Teplice), in the former Sudeten region of Northwestern Bohemia, Melchior Vischer (1895-1975) belonged to the same cultural milieu as Franz Kaftka & Robert Musil. Regarded as the pre-eminent figure of Prague Dadism, Vischer’s notable works include Sekunde durch Hirn (Second through Brain, 1920), Strolch und Kaiserin (Tramp & Empress, 1921), Der Teemeister (The Teamaster, 1921) & Der Hase (The Hare, 1922). An obscure figure during the last thirty years of his life, Vischer died in Berlin in 1975.

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