From the start of his work in the field of modern art, Andrei Nakov was interested in Dada and directed his research towards the production of the German artists in Hanover and Berlin: Kurt Schwitters, Raoul Hausmann, Hannah Hoech, Johannes Baader and Dada in Berlin in particular. At the end of the sixties, some of the artists who had taken an active part in the Dadaist adventure were still alive and it was thanks to them that the relationships established with the friends and families of Stephan and Franciska Themerson, Hans Richter, Schwitters, Baader, Picabia and others were the first direct sources in his work.
Frequent visits to the home of Hannah Hoech and long stays in Berlin for his work at the Nationalgalerie led to his discovery in that city in 1976 of the remainder of the archives of Johannes Baader (1875-1955). Saved from the brink of destruction, this ensemble, whose conservation required many years of work by the restorers at the Bibliothèque Nationale, included personal and artistic documents, unpublished texts, correspondence, etc. The collection was subsequently enriched with documents belonging to the artist's family as well as those from Baader's last stay in Bavaria.
They will be the subject of a future monograph.
He organised two important exhibitions on Dada (London, 1984, and Japan-Spain in 1988 and 1989). In 1977 he also participated in the organisation of the Dada section of the "Tendenzen der Zwanzige Jahre" (Tendencies of the Twenties) presented in Berlin at the Nationalgalerie and the Akademie der Künste.
In 2005 he took part in the Dada exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou (see Bibliography, 2005).
Resurrecting Dada in Studio International, Summer 1974, p. 57.
(Da)Da = Njet, Dada Russland in catalogue Tendenzen der Zwanziger Jahre, Berlin 1977, p. 3-96 et 3‑99.
Dada me cause un malaise intolérable... in catalogue Dada-Constructivism, The Janus Face of the Twenties, Annely Juda Fine Art, London, 1984, p. 7-32.
Several articles on Russian art, Futurism, Constructivism and Dada in the Dictionnaire de l'Art Moderne et Contemporain, éditions Hazan, Paris.
Dada est une disposition spitiruelle in Raoul Hausmann, exhibition catalogue Musée d'Art.