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The mountaintop retreat--nominally founded by the anarchist Mikhail Bakunin (at a time when it was still known as Monescia) in the 1870s--flourished between 1900 and 1940, when it attracted anarchists, nudists, and Theosophists alongside such figures as Martin Buber, Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara, Rudolf von Laban, Isadora Duncan, Hermann Hesse (who famously had his alcoholism treated there), and the sexual revolutionary Otto Gross.
Or figures torn from history and placed onstage: Henry David Thoreau, Tristan Tzara, Pope Joan.
She became a friend of another Romanian expatriate, Tristan Tzara, and Man Ray immortalised them in a famous photograph representing Cunard in a trouser suit and top hat a la Marlene Dietrich and Tzara on his knees kissing her hand.
The most salient of these events was an "excursion" (hosted by Andre Breton, Tristan Tzara, Louis Aragon, et al.) to the church of Saint Julien le Pauvre that drew more than one hundred people despite the pouring rain.
Even the failures, like Richard Huelsenbeck's Dada Almanach or Tristan Tzara's Dadaglobe, both unsuccessful magazine projects, speak to the immensity of the utopian ambition as well as to the impossibilities of its fulfillment.
Selected from a guide to "supernatural Paris," these sites include the death place of Isidore Ducasse, who was among the first to take up the techniques of appropriation; Jim Morrison's tomb; and the home of Tristan Tzara, father of the random cutup poem.