Revolted by the butchery of the 1914 World War, we in Zurich devoted ourselves to the arts. While guns rumbled in the distance, we sang, painted, made collages and wrote poems with all our might. We were seeking an art based on fundamentals, to cure the madness of the age, and find a new order of things that would restore the balance between heaven and hell.
We had a dim premonition that power-mad gangsters would one day use art itself as a way of deadening men’s minds.
Hans Arp, quoted by Hans Richter in dada: art and anti-art, predicting the rise of Charles Saatchi. My emphasis. More on this sort of thing – https://youtu.be/eJ3RzGoQC4s